The DCHOF Leadership Academy, started in 2008, provides opportunities for District high school students to come out and have one-on-one conversations, with noted, well accomplished individuals who have been inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame. The conversations are focused, guiding the students towards their chosen career paths or interests.
"Sharing the history and accomplishments of our Hall of Famers with our youth is an ongoing mentoring program that will impact the lives of our students in the future", said Dr. Janette Hoston Harris, founder of the program and District of Columbia city historian.
The Leadership Academy is administered and supported by the DCHOF, where each year during its gala local residents nominated and selected from various categories and professions, are officially inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame based upon significant contributions to the life of the District of Columbia.
After 11 years, there are more than 100 members, and in addition to Olender, other well-known inductees include John Hechinger, Sr. (posthumous), Maureen Bunyan, Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, the Honorable Linda W. Cropp, Dr. Billy Taylor (deceased) and Barry Rand.