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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.

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

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

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

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

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

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– William James

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– T.S. Eliot

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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"

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

– Francesca Reigle

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

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

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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

– Jesse Jackson

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Anais Nin

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

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

– Corita Kent

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Magical

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah