Being part of the Leadership Committee at the Chamber is like many things in life – the title and the reality don't always match.
Luckily for me and the other members, although the name is pretty serious, the reality of our committee is a lot of fun, involving really interesting people and a wide range of topics. Just by assisting with the Leadership programs we sponsor, I've learned the following things:
- People who run for public office are brave. They have lots of reporting requirements, whether they win or not. Morgan County Probate Judge Greg Cain is a great resource on this topic at our candidate forums. Our most popular topic may be "Servant Leadership," which is a testament to the quality of our local candidates.
- Ignore what you've heard - millennials are great! The Experience Leadership classes are full of smart, energetic and philanthropic young professionals. Since so many of them are just beginning their careers, they have the opportunity to learn about basics of professional development and networking, including using social media wisely. That last one is a lesson we all could learn.
- Forget people who run for public office – teachers of eighth-graders are really brave! Our newest class, Equip, is for eighth-graders across the county. It gives younger teenagers a leadership opportunity and a chance to learn about some career opportunities that don't involve the typical "college" experience. I personally learned a tremendous amount during our field trips to visit different professionals. I also learned a school bus ride is no more fun now than it was when I was in eighth grade.
I am so grateful to be part of this committee that gives me the chance to meet citizens of Morgan County of all ages. But more importantly, I am grateful to be part of a Chamber that sees the value in educating their current and future members, in all their shapes and sizes.
Lori Ho-Tung is a financial advisor for Renasant Bank in Decatur, a 1995 graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Decatur program -- which is now known as Excellence in Leadership, and a member of the Chamber's Leadership Committee.