Leadership Greater Jackson
Leadership Development Vice President
The Leadership Greater Jackson Program, which is a program of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, was founded in November 1986. The program is currently in its 25th year. Leadership Greater Jackson is a community-wide leadership program that develops existing and emerging leaders in the metro area. The program is designed to educate participants about major community issues and alternate approaches to solutions to community problems. Participants have sharpened their leadership skills while gaining a better understanding of various aspects of the community including forums on politics, education, the legal system, healthcare, quality of life, government and economics. Leadership Greater Jackson is a nine-month program, which has six-monthly sessions and three overnight retreats.
The Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the annual program activities of the program. The Board is comprised of community leaders and has financial and policy responsibilities for all activities of Leadership Greater Jackson.
Each year up to forty participants are selected to participate in the program. Participants are selected by a committee that is appointed by the Chairman of the Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees.
Human Needs, Health and Services Session
The 2012/2013 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson met March 6 for their Human Needs, Health and Services Session which focuses on health care and social services program in the Greater Jackson area. The session focuses on current needs and problems such as housing for the homeless, mental illness and health care disparities. Dr. Aaron Shirley, Dr. Deidra Phillips and Dr. Justin Turner led a panel discussion on the state of health care.
Team BARR-IFIC hosts dental health program at Barr Elementary
Leadership Greater Jackson Team BARR-IFIC hosted a great program on February 21 at Barr Elementary School. This event was part of the Children’s National Dental Health month. Dr. Carl Boykin and his team of assistants Vicki Legg and Angie Lewis of Kool Smiles® were major contributors to this educational event. Dr. Boykin emphasized the correct approach that should be used when brushing and flossing teeth. The students were given a list of foods that should be avoided to prevent the development of tooth decay. Some of the students were selected to demonstrate how they brush their teeth. Dr. Boykin stressed that children should drink water from the faucet, since this water contains fluoride. Dr. Boykin concluded the program by answering questions from students. Kool Smiles® provided a dental health bag for each child that contained a toothbrush, wrist band, book mark, magnet and a Kool Smiles® information card. The Barr staff was also provided toothbrushes. Team BARR-IFIC thanked Dr. Carl Boykin and Kool Smiles® team for their time and support in educating students about oral health.
WELCOME LGJ 2012/2013 Class
The Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Board of Directors are proud to present the 26th class of Leadership Greater Jackson. Established in 1987, Leadership Greater Jackson is sponsored by the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. The program sees to identify and prepare the community’s future leadership. The objective is to build and maintain a network of current and merging leaders who possess the skills and the sense of commitment to improve the community.
The members of the 2012-2013 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson have been selected on the basis of past leadership involvement and their potential for future contributions. They all share a sense of obligation and a sense of a community for a better tomorrow than today. We congratulate the new class, and offer our support and best wishes for a successful year!
LGJ Fall Retreat
The Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees, Alumni and Duane O'Neill, President of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, welcomed the new 2012/2013 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson on Sept. 7 at St. James Episcopal Church. They welcomed the new class before seeing them off to Memphis for their fall retreat where they will learn about leadership development.
LGJ 2012/2013 Class Orientation
The new 2012/2013 class of Leadership Greater Jackson met at the GJCP for orientation Aug. 23.
LGJ Board of Trustees Annual Retreat
The Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees annual retreat was held Aug. 7 at the Capital Club in Downtown Jackson.
Applications for the 2012-2013 Class
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2012-2013 LEADERSHIP GREATER JACKSON APPLICATION FORM!
Leadership Greater Jackson Class of 2011/2012 Graduates!
The importance of impacting lives outside of family is something Andrea Hopkins, branch manager for BankPlus at Highland Bluff in Jackson, learned during her time in Leadership Greater Jackson this year.
She is one of 39 participants in the 25th anniversary graduating class. They were recognized May 17 in a ceremony at the South, located at 627 East Silas Brown Street in Downtown Jackson.
"I am so excited to be at the end of another great year,” said Shirley Tucker, Leadership Development Vice President. “This year's group continued the efforts of previous community team projects and performed an awesome job.”
Hopkins was a part of a small group who worked with Blackburn Middle School. Their small group did monthly sessions with the students which included healthy relationships (bullying), vision and eye care and healthy eating. This also included a slogan for the students: JAGS (Jags About Getting in Shape)
Antonio Wright with M.A.C.E, Counselors from St. Andrews School, Dr. Tonyatta Harriston, Celebrity Chef-Whitney Miller and Chef- Enricka Williams with Parlor Market, Judge Sutton and the Sonic Boom of the South of JSU all participated in the activities throughout the year.
“The most important thing that I learned is that, we (as in different cultures) really don’t know each other and that is the breakdown,” she said. “I was amazed at how strangers with different ethnicity came together on a consistent basis to make a change and race was never a barrier. I can say that I truly have made some new friends for life.
“None of us have any control over the race that we are born into, but we do have control over how we treat others.”
According to Tucker, it is always exciting for leaders to engage themselves in efforts that benefit the community as a whole.
“When you have a group to work with the community to address key health issues such as obesity and bullying, then that's always a plus for improving the quality of life in Mississippi,” she said.
The Leadership Greater Jackson program celebrates a quarter of century this year.
“Leadership Greater Jackson has played a key role in developing leaders that now play an important role in our community and we applaud our past graduates as they continue to make a difference in the Greater Jackson area,” GJCP President Duane O’Neill said. “As president of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, I once again recognize the new class of men and women who have committed themselves to taking on a more active role in the community through the Leadership Greater Jackson program.”
The Leadership Greater Jackson Program is a program of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. It is a community-wide leadership program that develops existing and emerging leaders in the metro area. The program is designed to educate participants about major community issues and alternate approaches to solutions to community problems. Participants have sharpened their leadership skills while gaining a better understanding of various aspects of the community including forums on politics, education, the legal system, healthcare, quality of life, government and economics.
The 2011/2012 graduating class includes:
Heidi Barnett, Flynn Design, of Jackson; Katy Barrett, BankPlus, of Jackson; John Barton II, Parkway Properties, of Jackson; Valerie Cohen, Beth Israel, of Ridgeland; Natalie Collier, Children's Defense Fund, of Jackson; Jason Fortenberry, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, of Madison; Brandi Granderson, Antonelli College, of Jackson; Tonyatta Hairston, Envision Eye Care & Optical Boutique, of Jackson; Elizabeth "Beth" Hamilton, City of Jackson, of Jackson; Stephen Hopkins, Hope Federal Credit Union, of Brandon; Andrea Hopkins, BankPlus, of Brandon; Kevin Howard, United Healthcare of Mississippi, of Brandon; Elaina Jackson, Mississippi Children's Museum, of Brandon; Bobby James, Atmos Energy, of Jackson; Brian Johnson, Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance Agency, of Madison; Andrea Jones, Jackson Public Schools District, Jackson; Shonda Kines, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, of Clinton; Jonathan Kiser, Neel-Schaffer, Inc, of Madison; Michael Lewis, Leah Cim Real Estate & Property Mgt, ofJackson; Kristen Ley, Jackson Academy, of Jackson; Robert Luckett, Jackson State University, of Jackson; Suzanne McKay, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Steven's & Cannada, of Madison; Kelly McMullan, Mississippi Secretary of State's Office, of Madison; James McNamara, Adams and Reese LLP, of Ridgeland; Deanne Mosley, Mississippi State Personnel Board, of Madison; Aisha Nyandoro, Foundation of the Mid South, of Jackson; Jed Oppenheim, Southern Poverty Law Center, of Jackson; Christopher Pace, Jones Walker, of Clinton; Katherine "Kendall" Poole, Kendal Poole Event Planning, of Jackson; Tosha Taylor, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Clinton; Michael Thompson, KPMG, of Brandon; Al "Jay" Thompson, Mississippi Department of Health, of Edwards; Carla Thornhill, MS Secretary of State's Office, of Jackson; Darion Warren, City of Jackson-Public Works Department, of Byram; Lorraine Washington, St. Dominic Health Services, of Madison; Judson Watkins, Trustmark National Bank, of Madison; Ashley Wicks, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, of Jackson; Lakesha Wilson, City of Jackson Municipal Court, of Jackson.
The 2011/2012 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson graduated on May 17 at a ceremony that took place at the South in Downtown Jacksons. Congratulations to the 25th anniversary class!
2011-2012 Class of LGJ
LGJ CLASS of 2011/2012 FINAL RETREAT
The Leadership Greater Jackson Class met on May 4 for their final retreat at Jackson State University. The 2011/2012 Class raised more than $50,000 for their service projects!
The Leadership Greater Jackson Team Blackburn has partnered with Blackburn Middle School in creating a health program focusing on students' physical, mental and emotional health. The program is named (Jaguars About Getting in Shape) JAGS NOW!
Today (April 12) the team has brought in Chef Whitney Miller, first winner of FOX’s “Masterchef” and author of "Modern Hospitality Simple Recipes with Southern Charm" (Rodale, 2011) is the featured guest along with locally celebrated Art Institute of Atlanta graduate, Parlor Market Chef, Enrika Williams.
These accomplished chefs are spending the day teaching the students through interactive cooking demonstrations how healthy cooking and eating can be fun and, most importantly, tasty.
The JAGS NOW! program has emphasized a comprehensive approach to a healthy lifestyle to students exclusively at Blackburn Middle School through a series of events during the spring semester. Monthly activities included a health rally, workshops about bullying and respecting differences as well as optical and auditory wellbeing.
Be Active Mississippi: Health Fair & Fitness Walk
More than 300 people attended B.A.M. on Saturday, March 31. UMHC and St. Dominic offered free health screenings and Envision Eye Care offered free vision tests. Thirty-eight tables were filled with vendors offering information and services and interactive games.
Leadership Greater Jackson Class 2011/2012 Team Barr kicked off Bulldog Bistro at Barr Elementary School Feb. 24.
The event included Physical Fitness, Fruit Smoothies, Mobile Kitchen & Lots of Fun!
Click here to read all about JAG's Getting in Shape!
LGJ 2011 Christmas Party
Leadership Greater Jackson has received national recognition in the following years: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002