I am fortunate to be a member of Leadership Johnson County (Indiana) this year. The program is a nine-month, intense program designed to enhance leadership skills among residents and employees in leadership positions within their companies.
I’ve worked in Johnson County the past 15 years as special publications editor at the Daily Journal newspaper.
I have learned so much since the opening weekend in September. Not only have I learned leadership skills, but I’ve learned so much more about the people and culture of the area where I work, and so much more about just how and why things that affect communities work. Things like infrastructure, TIF districts, how to give a good interview to a reporter and much more. I’m also in a project group within the LJC Class of 2016 that is in the process of bringing art-healing or art-therapy programs to at-risk children within the county.
Each month, LJC staff produce a newsletter. One of the features in this year’s newsletters are biographies of this year’s members. Below is mine that ran in the January newsletter.