Nominations and applications for the Leadership Wilson Class of 2017 are currently being accepted. Nominations can come from anyone in the community, and anyone in the community can be nominated as long as they live and/or work in Wilson County.
The local version of a nationally recognized leadership development program, Leadership Wilson graduated its first class in 1994. That class, and each subsequent class, enters the nine-month program focused on learning more about the area - business, agriculture, health and human services, government (both county and state levels) and education are some of the topics explored.
Class members take one day each month to learn more about what makes Wilson County unique, and participants are also exposed to resources that help each develop leadership skills that are useful in any endeavor. The leadership development and training are reinforced as the class is segmented into groups, each tasked with creating, producing and completing a project to improve the quality of life in the community.
Youth Leadership Wilson, launched in 1994, is the product of the very first Leadership Wilson class. The ongoing program offers high school juniors the opportunity to participate in a slightly modified version of the adult leadership program. Other Leadership Wilson class projects have included:
The introduction of school resource officers
SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network) was started by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of Leadership Wilson to keep an eye on elderly residents living in their homes.
A Leadership Wilson group participated in the effort to recruit the Tennessee College of Applied Technology to Lebanon.
It was the efforts of another Leadership Wilson group, working with the Wilson County Fair, which created the Celebrating Beauty Pageant for special needs participants.
Jere's Ride, an ongoing project to provide funding for Empower Me Day Camp, was established as a class project to honor Jere McCulloch, one of the founding members of Leadership Wilson.
To nominate a member of the community for the Leadership Wilson Class of 2017, e-mail Dorie@leadershipwilson.com with the name and e-mail address of nominees by Feb. 28. Nominees will be contacted and offered the opportunity to apply. Individuals who would like to directly apply to be a part of the class can access an application form at www.leadershipwilson.com. The deadline for application is April 1.
A selection committee from the Leadership Wilson Board of Directors reviews applications and selects approximately 35 applicants for the class.