eNews Guest Editor – Sue Dick

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is the region’s premier organization for supporting businesses and the overall business community. For more than 90 years, the Chamber has served this role effectively, and along the way, it has developed ways to support those missions by identifying opportunities and programs that help serve as the foundation for the region’s economy. One of those programs was started over 30 years ago, with the creation of Leadership Tallahassee. LT has been THE premier community leadership organization with more than 900 proud graduates comprising the 30 graduating classes, and with Class 31 currently in the middle of their program year.

You don’t have to look too far to see the impact that Leadership Tallahassee has had on our community and those leading it. Graduates include state representatives, city and county commissioners, constitutional officers, CEOs, and community, business, government, education and nonprofit leaders. There isn’t a segment in the Capital City that doesn’t have an LT grad leading the charge. And that shows the success this program has had for more than 30 years.

As a proud graduate of LT Class 16 and the current President/CEO of the Chamber, I know that the success of Leadership Tallahassee wouldn’t be possible without the loyalty and continued support of fellow alumni like you. I still enjoy the rivalries among the classes and have to chuckle every time I hear someone cheer or yell out their class number at a function or event when LT is mentioned. This enthusiasm is something that makes Leadership Tallahassee a unique and special program, and one that I know will continue shaping future leaders for years to come. Among my peers within the Chamber circles both statewide and nationally, I am often reminded how fortunate the Tallahassee Chamber is to have a valued partner like LT.  A special thank you to Executive Director Barbara Boone and Program Directors Julie Lovelace and Laura Rogers for their hard work and dedication to making each class as special and successful as the one before it. I am very proud to call myself a member of the Leadership Tallahassee family.  —Sue Dick (LT 16)

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