Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute Kicks Off Spring 2017 Class

Gwinnett Young Professionals is pleased to announce its newest Leadership Institute class, which kicked off Tuesday, January 10 at the Gwinnett Chamber. The Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute is designed to be an interactive exploration of personal leadership development. Active learning on the part of each individual is an essential component of this valuable experience and it involves more than just attending the Leadership Institute – it also requires participants to engage in critical reflection of readings and discussions, formulate individual perspectives on the issues raised in the Institute and actively participate in the exchange of ideas with other young professionals.

“By 2020, millennials will comprise 50 percent of the United States workforce,” said Sean George, manager of membership services at the Gwinnett Chamber and Gwinnett Young Professionals program manager. “To accommodate this workforce shift, the Leadership Institute was created.”

In partnership with Georgia Gwinnett College, as well as supporting partners Gwinnett County Community Outreach, Gwinnett Technical College, Porter Keadle Moore, and Sterling Rose Consulting Corp., the program features monthly gatherings and lectures at various locations around Gwinnett County and will conclude with a commencement ceremony in June at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Center.

“Gwinnett Young Professional Leadership Institute was a very well planned and insightful six-month experience,” said Tabitha Spillers, Finance Manager with Precision Planning, Inc., and Spring 2016 graduate. “Through open dialogue of leadership theories, I learned how to effectively apply my skills to grow as a leader and manager. I am thankful for the new friendships and business connections gained, which I will continue to learn from and lean on throughout my career.”

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The Spring 2017 Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute Class:
Instructor: Dr. Steven Brown, Georgia Gwinnett College
Gwinnett YP Program Manager: Sean George, Gwinnett Chamber

Aizaz Shaikh, Georgia Gwinnett College
Alex Quilis, State Farm Insurance
Alexandra Adams, O’Kelley & Sorohan
Ana Bedon, Georgia Gwinnett College
Angie Lee, Wells Fargo
Anna Childress, Office Creations
Bess Goodman, PruittHealth
Blake Naman, The Blake Naman Agency
Brent Bridger, Home More Realty
Chris Chapman, John Maxwell Co.
Dawn Steele, Georgia Center for Opportunity
E.B. Hooyer, Aurora Theatre
Ed Berry, Republic Services
Erica Williams, Sterling Rose Consulting Corp.
Esteban Gonzalez, Georgia Gwinnett College
Hope Moeck, Eastside Medical Center
Jessica Whittingslow, Explore Gwinnett
Leigh Hooten, Gwinnett Sports Commission
Lindsay Bechtold, Hire Dynamics
Maria Scott, Dreamland Bar-B-Que
Paul Schwendel, Frenik Marketing
Renee Gore, Marlow’s Tavern
Ryan Lucia, Aaron Overhead Doors Atlanta
Sarah Stokes, GUIDE, Inc.
Shantell Wilson, Gwinnett County Economic Development
Stephen Conklin, Pinnacle Custom Signs
Stephen Mayfield, Georgia Gwinnett College
Tyler Shugart, Deceased Pet Care
Zaneta Daniels, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta