Where’s a pencil when you need one?

June 6, 2022Doug Peters, President & CEO

Where’s a pencil when you need one?

Have you ever been in a meeting where someone says something extra profound, and you’re unequipped to write it down?

That happened to me last week, multiple times, in one setting.

I attended the graduation of Leadership Abilene last Wednesday evening. And if there was ever a time to take notes, that was it.

This particular graduation wasn’t my first, either. Each year – in fact every year I’ve been in my career, I’ve attended the graduation of a Leadership program, either as the host or as a fellow participant.

But there was something about last week’s graduation that was special.

As is part of Leadership Abilene’s tradition, graduates are asked to briefly share at graduation what the program experience meant to them. And with this class in particular, it really meant a lot. To each of them.

We heard comments like a quote from Coach Nick Saban, about how mastering the “little things” leads to excellence, and relayed how the Leadership Abilene program is a vital part of the little things that lead to community excellence.

We also heard how the program linked networks, provided a behind the scenes look at how the community is knitted together, and how the greater good always seems to prevail (and it does).

I was also struck by the sheer number of graduates who are committed to helping others experience the impact of Leadership Abilene.

Obviously, it was a prideful night.

I want to thank all of those member leaders who commit their time to ensure a meaningful experience for each of the participants.  Whether the program chair (Tim Farrar, United Supermarkets) or one of many day chairs, we are grateful for the influence and effort behind their amazing work.

But back to the participants.

If you were able to attend graduation, I’m glad. If you weren’t, take a look at some of the popular social media pages to get a feel for their experiences.

And then, think about those who are a part of your own circle of influence who would benefit from the experience. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s an employee, or friend, or relative. If they love our community, want to know more about it, and how they can be a part of it’s bright future, this program is a match.

The commitment? One day a month for nine months, barring any weird or disruptive event (thanks, Coronavirus). It’s worth the investment of time and treasure. Abilene is worth it.

For more information on the class or to apply, click here. You’ll be glad you did.

Congratulations to the Leadership Abilene Class of 2022. We’re proud of you and grateful for you.




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