January-February 2011 Follow the Leader!

Welcome to the January–February 2011 edition of Leadership Columbus’ Follow the Leader enewsletter.

If you have any questions about any announcements in our newsletter or you’d like to place a news items, contact Max Moore by the 10th of every month.

Leadership Columbus’ mission is to develop leaders who are well informed, committed and passionately engaged in creating a vital and thriving community for current and future generations.

Looking for a Few Good People

It’s recruitment time for the Class of 2012 and we’re asking for help identifying individuals who would benefit from the Leadership Columbus program. The ideal candidates we seek are “a diverse array of exceptional, motivated individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to civic involvement and are ready to take their leadership ability to the next level.” We feel it takes a leader to spot a leader, and thus if you know of someone who you feel would make a good candidate, reach out and tell them about the program and how it can help expand and hone their leadership skills.

Individuals interested in applying should visit the Leadership Columbus program page, where they can also download the application. The application deadline is Friday, April 15, 2011.

Follow the Newest Leader!

The Board of Trustees of Leadership Columbus joins Executive Director Laurie Marsh in welcoming Max Moore as Program Director for Leadership Columbus. Max has been working with us on contract basis for the past three months and has been an enthusiastic supporter of our mission over the years. Max brings a wealth of talent and experience to this position. His prior positions such as government relations manager for the Columbus Chamber and project consultant for the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. are especially relevant to our goals of maintaining current and state-of-the-art education about our city’s growth. Max has also human service and fundraising experience from his role as Associate Director of Prospect Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation and complements that with technological experience as a content developer for a local website company. This breadth of knowledge and blend of skills and talents will enhance Leadership Columbus as we strive to continue to provide current participants, our Membership and stakeholders the best of the best in leadership education and development. Max also possesses an amazing wit and sense of humor (an extra special highlight!) We are pleased and excited that Max is joining us permanently.

Save the Date – April 6, 2011 Women of Achievement Luncheon

The Leadership Columbus Board of Trustees is pleased to have its executive director Laurie Stein Marsh named a YWCA Woman of Achievement for 2011, along with board member Patti Eshman, assistant vice president of community relations at Grange Insurance. The luncheon celebration will be on April 6, 2011. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the YWCA website.

Organizations Benefiting from the Services of LC Graduates

Have you been appointed to a board of directors or trustees? Let us know and we’ll include in the next newsletter. It’s a great testament to the strength of Leadership Columbus to have its graduates serve in such capacities, and we want to acknowledge your stewardship of and commitment to our community.

Professional Updates

  • Jill Hile (’11) is now the manager for the Office of Corporate Citizenship at Nationwide. In her new role, Jill reports directly to Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Foundation and leads communications for the Office of Corporate Citizenship as well as supports the Nationwide Green Council. She can be reached at
  • Kristen Jensen (’10) was appointed to the board of Neighborhood Services Inc. (NSI), a local non-profit organization providing hunger assistance services to working and unemployed low-income families and individuals in the Columbus community. Kristen became involved with NSI through her Leadership Columbus class group project. She can be reached at
  • Sheryl Owens (’06) has been appointed to Mayor’s Coleman’s Green Team for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2011. She can be reached at
  • Steve Tugend (’10) has accepted a new position at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter where he will chair the government relations legal practice. Steve was vice president of government relations for the Columbus Chamber for the past 6 years. Steve can be reached at

Trusteeship Opportunities/Board Member Positions

Are you involved with a non-profit that is seeking volunteers and/or trustees? Let us know and we will include such opportunities in future newsletters.

LC Membership Association

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Become a 2011 alumni member of Leadership Columbus today by using our online form.