Leadership Lancaster Connects, Educates and Inspires at Leadership Inspired! Event

May 3, 2018

If you’re interested in leadership development and live or work in Lancaster, you should absolutely check out Leadership Lancaster and its programs. As I’ve previously written on this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of this organization and what it does for both individuals and the community.

My introduction to the organization was as a member of the Core Class of 2016 (for more on my experience, check out my three part Reflections on Leadership Lancaster series). Since then, I’ve joined Leadership Lancaster’s ACHIEVE Committee to further support the organization and its mission to develop outstanding community leadership to support the needs of Lancaster County.

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending their annual Leadership Inspired! event, which celebrates local leadership. The event included a presentation of three awards to local individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on the Lancaster County community. This year’s well-deserved winners were:

SoWe: for the organization’s accomplishments in furthering their mission to create a better environment for the neighbors, businesses and organizations that reside in the southwest Lancaster City community.

Dr. Martin Hudacs: for his commitment to putting others before self and educating community leaders through his 40 years in education and in various capacities through Leadership Lancaster, including his role as an immediate past Chair of Leadership Lancaster’s Board of Directors.

Bob Shoemaker: for his inspirational leadership as Project Executive (and previously the President and CEO) of the Lancaster City Alliance and contributions to Lancaster County as a lifelong resident and supporter of numerous nonprofit and community organizations, including Lancaster Safety Coalition, EDC Finance, Lancaster CRIZ Authority, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster Health Center, Lancaster Farmland Trust, and Lancaster Chamber Foundation, to name a few.

The keynote speaker was Heather Neary, President of Auntie Anne’s. Heather’s engaging presentation focused on how she reached her current role, which began in Lancaster County, meandering across the country and back through various roles and industries, and her experiences and advice as a leader, which were equal parts self-aware, encouraging, and passionate.

Overall, it was a great event, which is no surprise given Leadership Lancaster’s variety of beneficial offerings. A good place to start would be checking out the Core Class program, but hurry, applications for the 2019 Core Class are due by May 25, 2018. Other programs include Executive Series, which is a five session program for new executives in Lancaster County, and Leadership Advantage, an event focused on nonprofit education and networking.

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Matt Landis is an attorney at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received his law degree from Widener University Commonwealth School of Law and works regularly with business owners and entrepreneurs. He is a proud member of the “Best Class Ever”, Core Class of 2016.