Leadership Gwinnett announces 34th class | News

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Leadership Gwinnett has 40 new members after recently selecting and announcing the program’s 34th class.

Leadership Gwinnett, the county’s award-winning community leadership program for business, civic and community leaders, looks into the many sectors of Gwinnett, from infrastructure, economics and education to health and human service justice and regional relations.

Program participants commit their time, talent and resources to “strengthen their personal and professional connection to the community,” a news release said.

“Selection of these top candidates requires balance of occupation, qualifications and a representation that reflects a cross section of the county,” said Lisa Zaken, executive director of Leadership Gwinnett. “Over the coming year, this diverse group will gain a true understanding of the people and issues shaping our community’s future and more importantly, how they can impact those issues.”

Class members were selected because of their influence, commitment and dedication in their field of expertise.

Since 1985, Leadership Gwinnett has graduated nearly 1,200 alumni who make up a “powerhouse of influence and networking” and who “continue to champion the betterment of Gwinnett County.”

“We don’t have to look or think alike, we just have to have the passion to make a change,” said Kim Hartsock, Leadership Gwinnett class of 2018 graduate and Partner at Warren Averett LLC.

The 2019 Leadership Gwinnett program kicks off in August with an orientation, an opening retreat, seven learning days, monthly study groups, tours and hands-on experiences within the county and a closing retreat.

Through the events efforts, the class of 2019 will explore critical community issues, evaluate themselves as leaders and build lasting relationships.

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