The Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation celebrated the graduation of 16 cohort members from the 2018 Leadership Academy last month. The ceremony was held at the Natural Resources Building at Ogeechee Technical College. Williamson Foundation Leadership Academy graduates were selected from a field of outstanding young women leaders who represented higher education, non-profit, entrepreneurs, government and faith-based fields.
The 16 graduates, who began the Leadership Academy in fall 2017, attended eight monthly sessions led by facilitators from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
They consisted of topics such as: Finding Your Voice, Effective Leadership Strategies, Servant Leadership, Legislative Leadership, Multi-Generational Learning, Consensus Building and Diversity Training, Career & Professional Development and Emergenetics Analysis.
The Class of 2018 Leadership Academy cohort is made up of: Kinsley Baker, Kim Billings, Tammie Bishop, Rebecca Brown, Krisha Craven-Phillips, Samantha Grovenstein-Deal, Mary Kathryn Griffin, Memory Littles, Ryan Marsh, Christy Marsh, Michele Martin, Samantha Smith, Brandy Daniel Snell, Valerie Thompson, Daphne Totten and Amanda Vernon.
Wayne Akins, Synovus Bank’s chief retail banking officer, served as the graduation keynote speaker. He spoke of the importance of making a difference in your community by giving back to others in need, taking responsibility through servant leadership and paying forward the opportunities the graduates have been given.
Speaking for the graduating class, cohort member Tammie Bishop said, “We have learned that however frightening and complicated things may be, we can make a difference through clearing things up, seeing the bigger picture, not judging one another and using our voices to make others feel special.”
Since its inception in 2014, the Leadership Academy has delivered programming that focuses on how to be a leader through a woman’s lens and strategies using servant leadership as an underlying theme. The program prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront through learning the importance of civic engagement and servant leadership.