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With the closing of one year and jumping into the next we have a lot to share this month regarding Leadership Lorain County! 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. 
Education Day
The "Best Class of 2018" met on Wednesday, December 6th, for their Education Session Day. This day was the first planned by class members.They put together a great day. The team's mission was to showcase schools in our community and how they prepare students for careers in the 21st Century, especially STEM related programs.

The day began at Oberlin High School where School Board and Class member, Jason Williams, introduced Principal William Baylis II, who spoke on OHS's many programs before conducting a tour of the school and introducing the Class to some of the students and staff. 

After touring OHS Class members and high school students, Adrienne Blair (Senior, North Ridgeville), Jonathan Merchant (Senior, Lorain High School) and Liz Osborne (Senior, Midview) held a panel discussion highlighting some of the challenges and benefits they experience in their day.

Champions of Leadership Speaker Greg Ring, Superintendent, Education Services of Lorain County and class were hosted by FAVA (Firelands Association for the Visual Arts) before the class split into two groups to tour Avon High School and South Amherst Middle School. 

The class concluded at Ranger High-Tech Academy, the newly opened STEM school in North Ridgeville. Dr. James Powell, North Ridgeville Superintendent, spoke in regards to the new Academic Campus, discussing the thought and planning that went into the concept, he included the benefits they are already seeing to the students. Following Dr. Powell, Melissa Durkin, Principal of RHTA and North Ridgeville STEM Coordinator, conducted a tour and Q&A session. 

Great job to the team: Jason Williams (Get With the Program, Inc.), Wendy Madding (PolyOne), Adrienne Blair (High School, NRHS), Jonathan Merchant (High School, LHS), and Liz Osborne ( High School, MHS). 
A special Thank You to Session Day Sponsor Nordson Corporation for your support!
 The class will meet again on Wednesday, January 10th, for their
Mid-Year Retreat.

Please contact Chris Kish at if your are interested in attending the March Champions presentation. 
Class Project Proposals

The Class of 2018 will be the 33rd class to join fellow alumni who have completed Leadership’s Signature Program.  Like their predecessors, they wish to make a difference and leave their hand-print on Lorain County.  We seek your input for projects worthy of pursuit to present to the class during their Mid-Year Retreat. 

LLC is looking for projects that can be completed in a timely manner (January to May), support a need  within the community, cannot be exclusively fundraising in nature - however the class is welcome to collaborate with other groups to help offset the final cost of a project for the selected agency, and a representative of the selected agency must commit to be on-site and available while work is being completed. 


If you know of an agency with a need the “Best Class of 2018” can help meet please contact or 440-281-8556 for more information. 

All proposals will be vetted by LLC staff.  Proposals will be presented to the Class of 2018 for their selection on January 10th.  All agencies submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome.Visit for the Project Proposal form, located on the Signature Class page. 

Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

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? Be sure to send them to our Intern Open House where they can meet with representatives from the agencies looking to host interns for the summer of 2018.

This 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 or jennifer@leadershiploraincounty if you have any questions or to register for the event. 
Thank You to our Members!
So much of what we do is possible thanks to the generous support of our Alumni. THANK YOU to each of you who renewed your membership this year. 
Haven't renewed your membership yet? There is still time before the end of 2017! Follow the link above or click HERE to renew online, or contact Chris at 440-281-8559 or via email at
Alumni Representative - Clare Cygan Young
A Blast from the Past…..and it has been a blast since the Best Class of 2003!!
Much has happened since that date. My experience with LLC began with my becoming a member of the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009 which proved to be a great preparation for my ongoing career.  After leaving Lorain County Rape Crisis after 20 years, I worked as Affiliate Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Lorain County for two years working with the Hispanic Fund, Women’s Fund and the African American Community Fund; yet another position that brought me along my career journey.  This was what I refer to as my “second wind” since I turned 60 when I took that job.

It wasn’t the end. In 2009 I accepted a position at LLC as Director of Community Outreach and coordinated the then infamous internship program.  What an exciting time to work with LLC. I had so much fun working with the interns and all of the intern sites.  Working with the young students was very rewarding.

After six years with LLC, I made the decision to retire.  But guess what?  It was not the end of the story.  I was offered a part time position with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as Executive Director and have been here for over two years.  I love my new duties as an advocate for the mentally ill.

Leadership Lorain County has played a huge part in my life and career.  I have met the most caring and supportive group of people who have inspired and motivated me at difficult times in my career and life. Through LLC I know the REAL meanings of networking and leadership.  I have seen interns students grow and find their way career wise…………I have seen my peers get much needed support when making career decisions.  And I have had a lot of FUN!  I wonder what is next?
Watch for next month’s newsletter featuring another “Where Are They Now?” alumni update. If you are interested in being featured, please contact Chris at  

Holiday Open House
What a great evening it was kicking off the Holidays and celebrating the Ribbon Cutting for our new location. Thank you to all of our Alumni Committee who worked hard to secure sponsors for the evening, all of those sponsors who supplied the goodies, and to all of you who came out to help us officially open the new office.
To see more pictures from the event you can click on the link in the image above or HERE to visit our Facebook page. 
Board Connections Series January Events

Join the "Best Class of 2018" on January 10th as BVU presents Board Readiness - The Role of a Board Member, and again on Wednesday, January 31st for our Board Connections Meet & Greet. 

Registration information can be found in the flyer above or by clicking HERE
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