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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.

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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– Avenida Margarita

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

– Steven Schussler

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Buddha

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Charles Dickens

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt