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As the new year begins we enter the second half of our Signature Class, and look forward to exciting things to come!  Be sure to like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest information. Stay in touch with us and catch all the news and updates surrounding our programming, member activities,events and the 2018 Signature Class. 
Mid-Year Retreat
The "Best Class of 2018" met on Wednesday, January 10th, for their Mid-Year Retreat at the Sprenger Health Care Towne Center Community Campus. 

The day began with breakfast and networking among the class before they were joined by Tracy Conn, Cleveland Federal Reserve, who presented StrengthFinders 2.0. Tracy has joined the class for the second year in a row to help them understand their strengths, how to utilize them in their daily lives, and how to work with different strengths within a group environment. 

After a short break the class came back together, along with members of the community, for the Board Connections Series Event, The Role of a Board Member, presented by BVU - Buisness Volunteers Unlimited. This event included a presentation from Julie Clark, BVU, discussing best practices, expectations, involvement and impact that perspective, or current, Board Members should understand as they become involved with an organization. After her presentation, Julie facilitated a panel discussion with some of our areas non-profit representatives; Danielle Locke from Community Foundation, Lois Pozega and Cindy Manning of Family Promise and Christina Bernard of Cobos Insurance. 

In preperation for the afternoon's project proposals, LLC was honored to welcome Gail Stumphauzer '05, and 14 year Executive Director of Leadership Lorain County, who spoke to the Class about finding your passion. She spoke of her experiences and her journey which let her to found Margeau's Free to Be, and the Discovering You Conference, along with many of her LLC memories and relationships. 

The afternoon continued with community members presenting possible projects for the class to tackle this year. After deliberation and discussion among each other the "Best Class of 2018" has selected three projects. The first group will be working with United Way and their Tax Prep program, adding volunteers and insight to help increase the number of individuals served in Lorain County. Another group will be working with 2015 Alum Mary Jo Dziak to help transition, grow, and ensure the continuance of the Strides for Leadership 5k and fun walk, which raises awareness and funds for a different health related cause each year. The final group will be working with Neighborhood Alliance by completing a greenhouse build that one of their Lorain childcare centers will use for educational programs revolving around growing and eating healthy foods. 

The day concluded with Lori Young, ReadyNow!, and the second half of her High Performing Teams presentation. Lori worked with the Class in their project teams to encourage communication, discuss possible difficulties along the way, and how to handle those situations when the arise. 

It's hard to believe that this year's Class is halfway to completion. Between their remaining session days and projects, the rest of the year will fly by.
A special Thank You to Session Day Sponsor Sprenger Health Care for your support! The class will meet again on Wednesday, February 7th, for their Law & Government Day - Sponsored by BCT Alarms and Lorain County Sheriff's Department.  
Please contact Leadership at if your are interested in attending the March Champions presentation featuring Ed Oley, Mercy Health. 
Difference Makers Gala

Don't miss your chance to help us honor these amazing Leaders in our community.

Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership 
Matthew W. Nakon, Esq
President & CEO  - Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co.

Emerald Award for Inspirational Leadership
Catherine Woskobnick
Vice President, Mission & Values Integration - Mercy Health, Lorain

Excellence in Leadership Award
Anthony Gallo
President - Lorain County Chamber of Commerce
Jeanine Donaldson
Executive Director - YWCA Elyria
The Ross Group of Companies

There are still tickets and sponsorship options available. For more information or to purchase your tickets you can call the Leadership office at 440-281-8556, email or visit our website HERE or by clicking on the image above. 

Summer Intern 2018

Do you know a college student that would be interested in paid summer work as part of our Leadership Lorain County Internship Program? Applications are available by clicking on the link in the image above.

Our 10 week program runs from late May to early August and includes team building, networking, personal and professional development, civic awareness and building a peer support group with the students from all over the County. 
Please contact Jennifer at 440-281-8557, 
jennifer@leadershiploraincounty or visit our website HERE if you have any questions or to download an application for the program. 
Board Connections Series Meet & Greet

Join Leadership Lorain County, the Community Foundation, and SBDC as the Board Connections completes its series with our Meet & Greet. Come out on Wednesday, January 31st and learn more about local organizations who are actively seeking Board Members and volunteers. We want to help you find the right fit.  

Registration information can be found in the flyer above or by clicking HERE
Alumni Representative - Megan Flanigan
Since graduating from Leadership Lorain County (THE BEST and THE SILVER Class of 2010), I have done a few things.  I completed my first 70.3 triathlon in September of 2011 and started campaigning to run for Mayor in my hometown, The Village of Grafton. In November of 2011,  I won the election by a landslide, beating a longtime incumbent.  I took office January 2012. The 4 year term was incredibly tumultuous, to say the very least.  Alas, I learned  so much about so many different things, including myself! 

In April of 2013 I earned my 2nd Master's Degree, my M.B.A. from Tiffin University, Go Dragons! 2014 and 2015 were amazing years as far as my triathlon and running season. My health fizzled out the last few months of my term (2015) from stress and being in a constant state of "fight or flight" for 4 years. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue. As a result, I felt a strong desire to heal myself holistically and thus began studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in March of 2016. I had been "hibernating" since my term ended December of 2015 (I didn't run for another term because I decided there were many other ways to help my community). Hibernation continued as I began learning how I can heal myself (and eventually help heal others!). I finally felt my health head in a good direction around August 2016. September 19th, 2016 my first Niece, Elizabeth Jade Flanigan, was born!

In January of 2017 I headed back to work at the family business, General Plug & Mfg. as manager of the Iron Department. I became a certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I started my Holistic Health practice ( B.L.U.E. Mind Body Soul health and wellness), and received Reiki level 1 certification.  I still manage the Greenbriar Place Apartments in Grafton and I still mow lawns during the summer.  

I only ran 2 races in 2017, I underestimated the time it takes to get back in shape after starting over and I battled a few injuries thinking I could pick up where I left off. I'm looking forward to 2018 and hope to cross many finish lines!  I continue to look for ways to challenge myself mentally, physically, and spiritually and will begin Yoga Teacher Training this weekend. I will also begin Six Sigma Black Belt training this month (something I started but was unable to finish). I am a Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ambassador for 2018!  If you are interested in running the Marathon or Half Marathon, follow me on facebook for opportunities to win race entries, discounts, and prizes!  I will also become an Aunt, AGAIN, as my little  brother is expecting baby #2 in July of 2018. Being an Aunt is amazing!  I'm still single but I'm lucky to have my dog Bruiser to keep my company! 
Watch for next month’s newsletter featuring another Alumni update. If you are interested in being featured, or joining the Alumni Committee please contact Leadership at
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