Eight Leaders Complete 5 to Thrive Leadership Series

Kendallville – Several members of the Thrive Noble County steering committee gathered to honor the latest group of 5 to Thrive participants with a celebration luncheon. Culinary students at the IMPACT Institute provided a delicious lunch at the school’s administrative offices on Dowling Street.

Sharing a common interest in helping to make Noble County’s communities thrive, eight people completed the leadership series held over the course of several weeks this fall at a variety of locations. Each session was hosted by a community leader who could speak with passion about a particular “pillar”. The pillars, or topics, were cultural enhancement, youth engagement, leadership development, entrepreneurial growth, and community investment. Thrive is an initiative that encourages people to engage in their community by support the five pillars, which Thrive promotes are the foundation on which rural communities succeed and grow.

Six of the 2019 program graduates shared their takeaways from participation and receive certificates of completion. They were (pictured, from left)  Julia Tipton, executive director of the Community Learning Center; Jamie Benya, youth programmer at Noble County Public Library — Cromwell; Tara Streb, administrative assistant at Noble County Economic Development Corp.; Steve Garbacz, editor at The News Sun; Taylor Ballard, lender at Community State Bank; and Nicole McBride, caseworker at Noble House and Pilot House. Not present but also honored for completing 5 to Thrive were Liz Burkhead, business services representative for WorkOne, and Cameron Spitaels, branch manager at Campbell & Fetter Bank in Albion.  (Photo shared with permission from KPC Media).

Tom Leedy, executive director at The Dekko Foundation, acted as the luncheon’s emcee and spoke to the audience about Thrive Noble County and explained that leadership will be the focus of more development programs and networking in the months ahead. Leedy and several others who serve on Thrive’s steering committee welcomed the new graduates into the fold and offered their assistance to help them continue to grow as leaders in the region.

To learn more about 5 to Thrive’s next leadership series, scheduled to begin in September 2020, follow this site and the program’s page. Registration will open by the middle of 2020.