Lynda Webster

Lynda C. Webster is one of the most sought after event, development and relationship strategists in Washington, DC.  She has an incomparable ability to coach and connect clients with thought leaders and decision makers at the highest levels of business and government; her ability to create strategic partnerships between nonprofit and for-profit organizations comes from her wide-ranging experience as a business and community leader.

For more than twenty years, Ms. Webster has played a key role in major projects in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Her first extraordinary opportunity came in 1984 when she was given the role of opening director of sales for the historic Willard Inter-Continental Hotel; she was later promoted to director of marketing and eventually moved on to marketing and sales roles with the Watergate and Fours Seasons- Boston hotels.

Following her marriage to former FBI director and then CIA director William Webster, Lynda retired from the hotel business and turned her sights to service—assuming leadership roles in a number of key philanthropic organizations such as the National Symphony, Friends of the US Arboretum, The Salvation Army and many more. She soon developed a professional ‘model’ for fundraising events, one that would assume a serious, strategic business approach to include volunteer development and budget management.

Ms. Webster’s reputation as a responsible fundraising volunteer changed to professional event planner when the international relief and development organization, Save the Children, engaged her to coordinate a fundraising event to honor a retiring chairman.  The highly successful dinner launched the organization’s now famous Halaby/Murphy disaster fund, and soon thereafter, Ms. Webster became Save the Children’s director of development for the mid-Atlantic region. In that role, she worked on new donor development programs, launched an annual Embassy Luncheon fundraising event, masterminded two Ringling Brothers Circus events and collaborated with the Mosaic Foundation on a major event that resulted in the largest private gift ever given to Save the Children’s Middle East programs.

Then September 11 changed the country. The Websters lost a treasured friend in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Months later, a board founded and run by dedicated victims’ families was seeking fundraising counsel for a planned Pentagon Memorial to honor those who had tragically perished.  The Webster Group was hired and embarked on a four year journey that would result in raising over $22 million dollars for the dedication of the Pentagon Memorial by President Bush on September 11, 2008 at a ceremony attended by victims’ families, the vice president, cabinet secretaries, both houses of Congress, the diplomatic corps and multitudes of press.  TWG played an integral role in all aspects of fundraising and produced special events leading up to the dedication, winning industry awards for the Memorial pre-dedication dinner.

Ms. Webster ‘s influence in the  design of compelling events was never more present than in the Air Force Memorial dedication weekend of activities.  On dedication day, over 40,000 were in attendance both on-site and in the Pentagon’s south parking lot where a special Air Force Exhibition and full scale country music concert were staged.  Historic flyovers, a moving video, original music composed by the Air Force Band expressly for the dedication, presidential participation  and much more combined to make the day arguably one of the most impressive ever in a region usually unimpressed by ceremony.

Another of Ms. Webster’s signature projects include “A Washington Weekend” to benefit George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate which included a reproduction gala dinner at the estate of the only state dinner ever staged outside of the White House by President Kennedy, a lecture by beloved historian David McCullough at Statuary Hall, dinner at the Library of Congress and a major donor brunch.

Recent client organizations Ms. Webster has served include American Red Cross, Congressional Medal of Honor Society, GardaWorld, Common Sense Media, Trust for the National Mall, The John Marshall Memorial Park Foundation, Points of Light Foundation, The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, U.S. Department of Transportation and USAID.

Ms. Webster is chairman emeritus of American Forests, the nation’s oldest environmental organization; she is also a two- term member of the Stephens College board of trustees and has recently been appointed to the board of fellows at Thunderbird School of Global Management. She recently completed her role as regional co-chair for the first Mayo Clinic capital campaign, an effort chaired by J.W. Marriott, Jr. that exceeded a $1.25 billion dollar goal.

Ms. Webster holds two advanced degrees including a Masters in Business from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She graduated with honors from Stephens College with a BA in History and Foreign Languages while earning Certificates of Study in Spain from the Universities of Salamanca, Granada and Madrid.  Ms. Webster has lived in Europe and has travelled extensively worldwide for both business and pleasure. She speaks Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.  She and Judge Webster live with a border collie, a golden retriever  and a tabby cat in Washington, DC. She can be reached at lynda@webstergroupinc.com.