The Leading Edge - February 2023
Support LJC Scholarships
in Name of Inspirational Leaders
Who has helped you be a better leader? Have there been one or more people that helped you believe in yourself?
We know that there has been someone special who said you could accomplish great things. Maybe it was a coach, a boss, a family member or a friend. Perhaps it was an LJC classmate or instructor.
We want you to consider making a scholarship donation in the name of the person who inspired you to be a better leader. Together, we can pay it forward to lots of other leaders who become part of Leadership Johnson County.
How to Contribute
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- Indicate who your gift is honoring in the comments section.
- If you have your honoree’s mailing address, put that in the comment section too and we will notify them that they are being honored.
Thank you for helping us honor leaders with your scholarship donations. We will list all of these tributes in a future newsletter.
Matching Dollars Available
The great news is that we have a matching situation provided by Elect Steve Barnett and A.W.E. Wealth Management of Raymond James. Please thank Mayor Barnett and Bryan Epperson and his team when you see them. Every dollar you donate is matched up to $4,000.
Class of 2023 Profiles
Family: Britt (husband), Gavin (son), Dawson (son), Quinn (daughter), Brad Herd (father) and Kathi Boone (mother).
What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? When I stepped out of my comfort zone and promoted the Bourbon and Bluegrass event on air with KORN Country radio.
What is innovative in your field of work? As a material planner, my department and I are constantly looking for new and improved ways to mitigate the tumultuous supply chain issues our country is facing. For me, this means forming professional and personable bonds with my customers and suppliers. Also, maintaining a composed demeanor when faced with supply constraints.
What or who inspires you? My family inspires me to be the best mom, wife, employee, community member and friend I can be all while practicing self-care along the way.
Hobbies and interests outside of work: Very amateur photography, functional fitness and four-wheeling in the woods.
Number one skill you practice that makes you successful: I have found myself in very unpredictable high-stress situations many times throughout my professional life. I have learned and applied lessons from every circumstance. Being a lifelong learner is a skill I very much pride myself on.
Something on your bucket list: To see the Northern Lights in person.
When have you been most satisfied in your life? When my husband and I purchased the small farm we live on currently. This gave us the opportunity to raise our own food from the garden and from our animals. We have already learned so much as a family in the two years we have lived in our new home.
What's your superpower? I multitask like a boss. Then again, I think that's probably a superpower of most moms of little ones.
So, Brittany, what's your story? My story has many twists and turns. I was born in Greensburg in 1990 to two high school students. As a child, I lived with my mother and we moved around quite frequently. As a kid, I did not enjoy the constantly changing environment. It is safe to say I hated it. As an adult looking back, I am thankful for the constant change as this helped develop my adaptable personality. I opted out of college after high school and immediately joined the workforce. I have now worked in the automotive industry for nearly 13 years. I have done everything from being a counterparts specialist to tearing down diesel engines for remanufacturing - and now I purchase automotive parts for manufacturing. I am happily married with three beautiful and healthy children and I couldn't ask for more!
If you could appear on one game show, what would you choose and why? I would choose to be on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" as I am pretty good at trivia.
Name of a local business you utilize personally or professionally that provides outstanding service: Spotlight Strategies in Franklin has always had outstanding customer service and quick turnaround. I would use them for any printing services needed professionally or personally.
What is one word you'd use to describe yourself? Intuitive.
Technical Support Group Manager
Family: Abby (wife), Aiden (1-year-old son) and Delta (cat).
Favorite LJC moment or lesson to date: The Building Squares Exercise. I really liked how there are so many lessons you can take away from that conversation.
What is innovative in your field of work? We build devices capable of measuring a wide array of industries like the gas being pumped into your car, if vaccines are being mixed properly, how much corn is in a grain silo, etc.
What or who inspires you? My family. I want to be the best version of myself for them.
Number one skill you practice that makes you successful? Memorizing people's names. I make it a point to get to know people the moment I meet them. I enjoy connecting with people on a personal level, and knowing their names is the first step in doing so. I genuinely practice committing people's names to memory to expedite this process.
Favorite quote? "You manage things, you lead people" - Grace Murray Hopper
Hobbies and interests outside of work: Video games, bowling, Ultimate Frisbee and board games.
Something on your bucket list: Visit all 7 Wonders of the World (two done already).
When have you been most satisfied in your life? The day I got married.
What's your superpower? My ability to memorize quotes in movies/TV shows. I can't remember anything important, but I can rattle off a quote from a show with no problem!
Name of a local business you utilize personally or professionally that provides an outstanding service: Apex Vehicle Maintenance. They have been very helpful/legitimate for any issues my cars might have.
What is one word you'd use to describe yourself? Quirky.
Executive Director for Greenwood Education Foundation
Family: Alex (son).
Number one skill you practice that makes you successful: Good time management and following a schedule makes me successful.
Favorite quote: "In a world where you can be anything, be kind."
Hobbies and interests outside of work: I love to listen to live music and be outdoors. I am at peace when I am out in the sun and by the water.
Something on your bucket list: My son and I are trying to go to every NBA basketball arena. I would love to complete that.
What's your superpower? My memory. I have been blessed with an amazing memory.
If you could appear on one game show, what would you choose and why? Definitely, the "Price is Right!"
Real Estate agent for Coldwell Banker Stiles
Family: Kevin (husband, 21 years), Kailyn 19, Lucas 16 and Emerson 10 (children); Apollo (Husky) and Iris (Goldendoodle).
What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? Media Day was definitely my favorite. The entire day was fun-filled, interesting and educational. Hearing from our local media experts on how they do their job, was the best!
Last book you read: "Can't Hurt Me" - David Goggin
Hobbies and interests outside of work: Working out, spending time with my husband and kids as well as hanging out with friends, family and co-workers! We love to make a bunch of food and have our people over. I am a pretty simple girl.
What is your perfect pizza? Pepperoni, tomato, onion, mushroom and green peppers.
Name of a local business you utilize personally or professionally that provides an outstanding service: Auto Tire in Greenwood! Fantastic owners, management and team. I can always count on them for the best, honest service!
UIndy Presidential Scholarship Awarded to YLA Graduate
Indian Creek High School Senior Olivia Perry has been awarded the University of Indianapolis Presidential Scholarship, UIndy’s most elite academic scholarship awarded to the top 1 percent of the incoming freshmen class. She is a 2022 graduate of Leadership Johnson County's Youth Leadership Academy.
Don Cummings, LJC Class of 2009, has been appointed to the Johnson County Convention Visitors and Tourism board. This is the second term on the board for Cummings, who served from 2019-2020 before working two years for Festival Country Indiana. Don is retired from Endress+Hauser. His LJC class project led the effort to establish a county tourism entity, including the first website called Journey Johnson County.
Lloyd Stephen, LJC Class of 2015, is proud to announce the newest location of Pristine Auto Spa opening in April. Check them out at 355 Commerce Parkway West in Greenwood. Congratulations, Lloyd!
Lauren Harmon, Regan Loeffler, Steve Estrada, Eileen Miller and Stacey Wheeler - all Leadership Johnson County Signature Program graduates - are members of the Greenwood Library Foundation.
Jeff Owen, LJC Class of 1997, has earned a Certificate in Change Management Leadership from Cornell University. Owen is a partner in Arête Purpose Consulting, a Greenwood strategic planning firm, and Clever Dogs Media, a Franklin digital marketing company. He also is a past president of the LJC board. Jeff said he proved that, at age 64, you are never too old to learn. And he said lessons learned in LJC from Bonnie Pribush and Diane Black more than 25 years ago helped him pass his courses.
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In Your Employee Bucket
Did you know that 58 percent of resigning employees cited difficulties with their manager and the workplace culture?
This type of turnover alone cost US employers more than $223 billion during the past five years.
Our Leadership to Your Door workshops can help you address these economic threats to your business or organization. We have a team of content experts that will deliver the training to your team, in your setting and around your schedule.