Julie Lucas (‘97), chief advancement officer for Darlington, and Marie (Hodge) Gordon (’99, LD ’12), Alumni Council member and class agent, have been selected to participate in Leadership Georgia's class of 2019. Leadership Georgia is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful leadership-training programs for young business, civic and community leaders with the desire and potential to work together for a better Georgia.
Approximately 60 participants, selected each year from a pool of several hundred applicants, visit five Georgia communities in an effort to learn more about important issues affecting the state. Diversity in gender, religion, race, occupation, and geographical location is a key factor in the selection of class members. Spousal participation is another key component separating Leadership Georgia from similar state programs across the country.
“We attended the kickoff event last month and it was an amazing weekend on many levels. To be around such an amazing dynamic group of people who want the best for their own cities and the state of Georgia is quite energizing,” said Lucas. “I am very excited to have this opportunity and humbled by those who nominated me and supported my nomination. There is a strong contingency of Leadership Georgia alumni in Rome who have been very supportive and I’ve already met some of the greatest people from around the state.”
Each year, the selection process strives for a balance of participants from every corner of the state as well as those from all walks of life – including different occupations, gender, culture and race. The central belief and philosophy behind this diversity goal is that each Leadership Georgia class can learn so much more from each other’s different perspectives as well as how to work together as one united force for Georgia’s best future.
"I was excited to join so many distinguished Darlington alumni in the ranks of the Leadership Georgia program, but my husband Michael ('99, LD '16) and I are especially pleased that Julie and Sam Lucas ('97, LD '13) are in this year's class with us,” said Gordon. “After only one session, we see so many Darlington values shining through the program. It's a great opportunity to continue to learn about all areas of our state and to continue developing the relationships, knowledge and skills that will help us make a difference in the communities that we love and do our best to serve."
Leadership Georgia is affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Click here to learn more about the program.