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Dave Feldman, Executive Director Bethesda Green

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Dave Feldman is the founding director of Bethesda Green, a dynamic 501c3 that serves as a catalyst and trusted resource for building a healthy economy and sustainable community. This model initiative has set up the first green business incubator and education center in the DC/Maryland region.

Feldman is also the CEO of the Livability Project LLC, an organization that provides structure and tools to help communities develop sustainability initiatives. Through Livability, Feldman leverages his entrepreneurial experience, international economic development expertise, and passion for sustainability to implement socially responsible, “green” community development projects that can be replicated worldwide.

Prior founding the organization, Feldman was Consul, Trade and Investment at the British Embassy. His role as head of the largest economic development agency in the world was to help US companies operate successfully in the United Kingdom and to support UK companies exporting to the United States. He was directly responsible for a portfolio that included information technology and renewable energy.

Feldman holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland in International Management and Finance. He is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (’06) and is currently on the Board of Sustainable Business Network of Washington (SB NOW).

For more information about Bethesda Green, visit www.bethesdagreen.org. For details about Feldman’s Livability Project, visit www.livabilityproject.com.

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

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– Avenida Margarita

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK