by London Saunders Roth, Leadership Louisville Class of 2012 –
Leslie Smart, not “less smart.” Mark Leonardi “da Vinci.” “Mary” Ann (or “and”) Joseph. I imagine I’ll be chanting the fun and interesting name associations over the next twelve months and beyond – a result of the engaging Leadership Louisville Class of 2013 opening session. How might I best summarize the two-day event that lit the flame for the year-long learning experience? Should I detail some of what I learned about Louisville’s rich history, originating along the Falls of the Ohio? Maybe I could share some of the great discussion with classmates about which issues and community leaders have left their mark on Louisville’s blueprint over the years? Perhaps I could talk about Lexington’s Mayor, Jim Gray, his partnership with Louisville and Mayor Greg Fischer and an exciting new effort brewing in his community? Without spilling the beans, should I divulge that the group participated in a simulation activity whereby every one of us learned something different about ourselves and our leadership style? No, I think I’ll hold off on all that and instead express the gratitude I feel for the chance to get to know over 60 incredibly interesting and personable individuals that make up the class and its leadership. Looking forward to a terrific year!