The graduates of LPBC Leadership Program Class of 2015 have learned, experienced, and shared so much.
Graduate Alexia Savage described her journey through the program. She made friends she will keep forever and learned things about our community she never knew. She also realized how much she has in common with people from business sectors she had no experience with.
Read her account below.
By Alexia Savage
Walking into the Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) retreat last summer, I had no idea what to expect. It was a room full of 50 people, a few familiar faces, but mostly other community leaders I had never interacted with who work in sectors I had little to no experience with: lawyers, CPAs and engineers. Oh my!
As a nonprofit professional for the majority of my career, it was fascinating to catch a glimpse into the working lives of so many other types of careers. As many differences as there were in regards to the type of work or day-to-day duties, there were even more similarities. The fears we face, the struggles to balance family and work life, the drive to succeed and the amazing accomplishments of so many --- all of that truly connected us all on a very deep and meaningful level. As a leader, it made me realize I was not alone. There was a support system of others.
Today, I can honestly say that it’s an honor to be a member of the class of 2015 (best class ever). Every LPBC alumni you talk to will tell you the same thing. That’s because it’s true. You make friends you will keep forever and you learn things about your community you never knew.
I have lived in Palm Beach County for 22 years and consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the local economy and the various sectors that comprise it, but I learned so much on those Wednesdays, from the rich agricultural community in Belle Glade and the complicated schematics of our roads, waterways and transportation systems to the massive efforts that go into ensuring PBC is an inviting place where businesses and residents alike can thrive. It was more than you ever thought imaginable, no matter how much you already think you know – I promise.
I graduated from LPBC and will stay engaged because of its great value, not only to me, individually, but also to our community-at-large. Leadership Palm Beach County is an invaluable program that keeps every component of our community connected, from the people who pass through to the highest level of each industry represented.
Alexia Savage, a graduate of Leadership Engage Class of 2015, is senior vice president of communications and resource development at?United Way of Palm Beach County.