MCLI 30th Class

The current Moore County Leadership Institute, Class of 2019, is led by co-chairs (from left) Diane Wilson of Towering Pines Realty and Mason MacDonald, back row, a retired military service member.

Moore County Leadership Institute (MCLI) kicked off the 30th year of training with a retreat held at Hampton Inn on Jan. 3-4. Co-chairs Mason McDonald, a retired military service member, and Diane Wilson of Towering Pines Real Estate, both graduates of the 2018 MCLI Class welcomed 19 new participants from ‘all walks of life.’

This exclusive leadership program is hosted by the Moore County Chamber and has graduated over 500 participants since inception 30 years ago.

MCLI provides participants the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally via programs with community leaders and experts. Participants learn about local history, business challenges, civic issues and community involvement as well as receive targeted leadership development training. Ultimately, these individuals are well rounded, capable leaders with a deeper understanding of civic responsibility.

Upon graduation, MCLI participants are encouraged to serve in the community in a volunteer capacity and to inspire others in their respective workplaces by being transformational leaders.

The 30th MCLI Class includes Mary Berry, Pinehurst, LLC: Mary Bishop, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital; Leslie Carson, Partners for Children & Families; Cyndi Fifield, Novae Design Group; Christopher Gregg, Pinehurst, LLC; Deanne Hundley, Penick Village; David Lambert, town of Robbins; Tony Lopiccolo, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital; Darnell Marks, St. Joseph of the Pines; Jack McClellan, Accurate Background; Kasia McDaniel, Blue Diamond Staging & Design; Julie McNicol, Keller Williams Realty; Christopher Miller, Keller Williams Realty; Glenn Moore, Moore Young Professionals; Annelise O’Connor, Moore County Chamber of Commerce; Kirsten Ostby, Direct Property Rental; Shaquille Ross, Honeybaked Ham and Cafe; Tom Velevis, Dreher Financial Partners; and Malorie Wolf, Penick Village.

“Effective leaders are open-minded and willing to strive to move forward for a brighter future. These individuals are leaping into the program to take the time to not only understand our community, but the dynamics of effective leadership and decision making,” said Linda Parsons, president and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. “Participants will study over an 11th month period our community infrastructure, analyze their own individual leadership styles, and further developed their communication skills while also volunteering in the community and doing a project that directly impacts Moore County.”

The two-day retreat kicked off the year with a simulated society exercise facilitated by Well Said Public Relations, as well as a dynamic second day with Myer’s Briggs assessment led by Anita Alpenfels, with Moore County schools, and a fireside chat – ‘Authenticity and Personal Branding’ with Michael Barbera of Clicksuasion Labs.

“MCLI graduates are recognized across the county as leaders in their industries and organizations,” Parsons said. “They have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

(1) comment

Kent Misegades

A nice idea, but where are the young leaders from area industry? Only industry creates wealth, all other businesses survive from this. Support industry and service providers will do better. By ignoring it the Chamber sends the message that industry is not important. Chambers traditionally in the US do a poor job of understanding what we manufacturers do. In Germany and Switzerland they run the industrial apprenticeship programs.

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