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Leadership Development Series at YLC Admits 2020 Class

Leadership Development Series at YLC Admits 2020 Class
Young Leadership Council’s Flagship Project Goes Virtual

NEW ORLEANS, LA: September 22, 2020 — Young Leadership Council’s flagship Leadership Development Series (LDS) kicks off Tuesday, September 22nd in a virtual environment. LDS is a 10-week virtual series that engages young leaders with interests in nonprofit management and development. Although pivoting to a virtual format this year, the series offers a hands-on approach, allowing participants the unique opportunity to work in small groups to create a new project addressing needs in our community.

The ten-week series will unite leaders who serve in all sectors of New Orleans, including: diversity and inclusion, healthcare, nonprofit financial planning, strategic planning and alignment, crisis management and managing unexpected changes in nonprofits, and leading in times of uncertainty. Utilizing the information they’ve gained through the series, our participants will work in groups to compete for $2,500 in seed funding to develop their project or event. Support for the Leadership Development Series project comes from Lynne Burkhart.

This year’s speakers include: Quentin Messer (New Orleans Business Alliance), Michael Hecht (GNO Inc.) Rod Teamer (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Adrienne “Ajax” Jackson (Magnolia Studio), Laura Romanosky (Special Education Leader Fellowship), Dr. Sherif A. Ebrahim (Strategic Management Group), Dr. Jennifer Avegno (New Orleans Health Department), Sevetri Wilson (Resilia), Becker Hall (Hogs for a Cause), Gerald Duhon (Café Reconcile), Anna Dearmon Kornick (Time Management Coach), and Jennifer Ledet (Ledet Management Consulting).

Andrew Koehler, a Project Leader for Leadership Development Series and the Vice President of Membership, says, “YLC could not be more excited with this year’s Leadership Development Series class. The diverse group of 20 young professionals form potential projects to address an unmet need in the city of New Orleans. With so many areas of opportunity, I am excited to see how this class will leave their mark on the city.”

Participants in the 2020 Leadership Development Series class include: Erin Ancar (USDA OFCO FMS), Sarah Bate (Temple Sinai), Jonathan Chapman (Bourgeois Bennett), Joseph Crapanzano (Children’s Hospital), Blake Eckert (Geocent), Ryan Estaris (Canon Healthcare), Jessica Hall (Second Harvest Food Bank), Diana Hernandez (PR & Event Management), James Howard (Intralox), Sydney Kastner (4.0 Schools), Charles Lanier (Intralox), Esteban Largaespada (Top Floor Marketing/Self-Employed), Julieanne Lund (Girls on the Run New Orleans), Helen Marsh (Atlantic Media), Ishan Mattoo (Lucid), Margaret McLaughlin (Forman Watkins & Krutz), Nissan Patel (Georges Enterprises), Michelle Tullo (Neel-Schaffer), Deneka Vallius (Tulane Canal Neighborhood Development Corp.), and Christina Wright (Alson & Bird LLP).

“New Orleans is an entrepreneurial incubator, a top home for talented young professionals, and a city of monumental growth,” said LDS participant Diana Hernandez. “I’m so excited to learn directly from some of our city’s most established leaders to cultivate tangible tools that will help me better understand my leadership style, and identify areas in which myself and the other phenomenal change makers in the LDS program can positively impact our proud city.”

About Young Leadership Council
Young Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic organization that develops young professionals into leaders through community projects. Through volunteer-led community projects, YLC recruits and retains young professionals to New Orleans, and creates a positive impact on quality of life in the region. Building on the organization’s 34-year legacy of leadership and service, YLC members logged more than 11,000 community service hours in 2019. Learn more about YLC at www.ylcnola.org

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