Before relocating to Gwinnett, my engineering career afforded me the opportunity to work with Gwinnett County for nearly 20 years on new and innovative water infrastructure projects.
I learned more about Gwinnett and the great school system while going through ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) in 2011 with a handful of Leadership Gwinnett alumni. I walked away convinced to relocate, which is exactly what I did.
The connections from my Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2014 led to even greater career moves and civic engagement opportunities. I was asked to join the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Citizen Advisory Board which helped me leverage my experience in water resources with my interest in community sustainability. This connection helped me assist in the creation of the annual Great Gwinnett Wetland Cleanup that includes storm stenciling, stream clean-ups, and more to protect Gwinnett’s water environment.
My Leadership Gwinnett connections transformed the way I feel about my community as they became my extended family for advice and support. Several alums contributed to my decision to start a new office for Gresham Smith in Gwinnett and helped me confidently accept the responsibilities when Commissioner Ku appointed me to the Gwinnett Water & Sewer Authority. My son even started high school last year and was welcomed by a principal who was in a study group I facilitated. My fellow alums have been my constant source of trusted advisors for all key aspects of my personal and professional life.
When I was asked to join the Foundation Board, it was a pleasant surprise and a great opportunity to give back to the organization. The timing was great too. I joined when Deloitte was compiling results from a study that compared Leadership Gwinnett to other similar leadership programs and began drafting a new strategic plan. The research and survey results confirmed fellow alums share my same experience. Leadership Gwinnett is truly the catalyst for connecting leaders.
Ready to take a leap in your leadership journey? Applications for Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2021 open in January 2020.