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Leadership Lake County kicks off programming for Signature Class of 2019 
(MENTOR, OH) – Dynamic and engaging programming has begun for the 34 participants selected for Leadership Lake County’s Signature Class of 2019.

This year’s Signature Class marks the 33rd year of the program, which is the flagship program of Leadership Lake County, and is designed for established professionals in preparation for leadership service within an organization, service on nonprofit boards, and as community leaders.

In 2018, 38 community and business leaders from the private and public sectors were graduates of the Signature Class, the second highest total since the program began in 1987. During the past 32 years, 1,054 people have graduated as part of Leadership Lake County’s Signature Program.

The program year includes an opening retreat scheduled at Punderson Manor and Lodge and Conference on September 26-28 and continues through June with class members meeting on the second Wednesday of each month.

Topics include major issues facing Lake County and the surrounding areas, and range from local government, environment, public safety and justice, business and labor, education to quality of life.


Program days are dynamic and allow participants to directly engage with existing and emerging leadership within Lake County and regional organizations.

Participants attend day-long seminars designed to address Lake County’s critical issues. Dialogue and interaction with community leaders are essential components of the program.

Professional development workshops are built into program days to further enhance deeper learning and equip participants with readily applicable skills and techniques to build workplace excellence.

The Signature Program also offers experiential learning about Lake County assets and issues, professional leadership skill development and advancement; engagement with business, nonprofit, and government leaders; opportunities for civic impact; and immersion into the Leadership Lake County Alumni Network.

Graduates have built strong social networks, engaged in leadership training through action and reflection, and served the community through service projects adopted by each class. 

Kerri Luckner, outpatient program manager for Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers in Mentor, is enrolled in the Signature Class of 2019.

She is excited about the networking possibilities Leadership Lake County provides and looks forward to expanding her opportunities to improve the community both personally and professionally.

“I reside in the community so I want to learn ways to make the community better for my children growing up as well as the neighborhood,” Luckner said. “I want to branch out more, public speaking is definitely a key. I want to feel more comfortable going up to other agencies and leaders to partner and collaborate.”

Katya Pope, Technical Product Manager for Cardinal Commerce in Mentor, looks forward to building more relationships through her experience with the Signature Class of 2019.

“I’m really excited for this from a networking perspective. I’ve been with Cardinal for 11 years now and I am kind of insulated in that bubble,” Pope said. “While I love the people I work with and I love my job, I’m looking forward to meeting other people in the community and getting exposed to something outside my bubble.”

Jean Sency, vice president of resource development for United Way of Lake County, is a graduate of the Signature Class of 2018. She enjoys how everyone involved with Leadership Lake County remains connected after graduation.

“I learned about Lake County and all the behind the scenes and how it’s run and who runs what,” Sency said. “Relationship building is No. 1, especially my field. I met a lot of great people and developed a lot of great relationships. Some are now lifetime friends.”

Leadership Lake County is a private educational nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1986 and has become a highly-respected partner in the community. Our goal is to develop and engage existing and future leaders within highly interactive leadership development programs in community-based settings while in pursuit of civic and economic excellence in Lake County and surrounding communities.

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POSTED 09/25/2018   23:10
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