30th Class of Moore County Leadership Institute Program Underway

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January 07, 2019
SOUTHERN PINES, NC – Moore County Leadership Institute (MCLI) kicked off the 30th year of training with a retreat held at Hampton Inn on January 3rd and 4th.  Mason McDonald, and Diane Wilson of Towering Pines Real Estate, both graduates of the 2018 MCLI Class welcomed 19 new participants from ‘all walks of life.’  This exclusive leadership program is hosted by the Moore County Chamber and has graduated over 500 participants since inception 30 years ago.

MCLI provides participants the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally via programs with community leaders and experts.  Participants learn about local history, business challenges, civic issues and community involvement as well as receive targeted leadership development training. Ultimately, these individuals are well rounded, capable leaders with a deeper understanding of civic responsibility. Upon graduation, they are encouraged to serve in the community in a volunteer capacity and to inspire others in their respective workplaces by being transformational leaders.  

The 30th MCLI Class includes:
Mary Berry Pinehurst, LLC
Mary Bishop FirstHealth - Moore Regional Hospital
Leslie Carson Partners for Children & Families
Cyndi Fifield Novae Design Group
Christopher Gregg Pinehurst, LLC
Deanna Hundley Penick Village, Continuing Care Community
David Lambert Town of Robbins
Tony Lopiccolo FirstHealth - Moore Regional Hospital
Darnell Marks St. Joseph of the Pines
Jack McClelland Accurate Background
Kasia McDaniel Blue Diamond Staging & Design, LLC
Julie McNicol Keller Williams Realty
Christopher Miller Keller Williams Realty
Glenn Moore Moore Young Professionals
Annelise O'Connor Moore County Chamber of Commerce
Kirsten Ostby Direct Property Rental
Shaquille Ross Honeybaked Ham and Cafe
Tom Velevis Dreher Financial Partners
Malorie Wolf Penick Village, Continuing Care Community
 “Effective leaders are open-minded and willing to strive to move forward for a brighter future. These individuals are leaping into the program to take the time to not only understand our community, but the dynamics of effective leadership and decision making,” said Linda Parsons, President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. “Participants will study over an 11th month period our community infrastructure, analyze their own individual leadership styles, and further developed their communication skills while also volunteering in the community and doing a project that directly impacts Moore County.” 

The two-day retreat kicked off the year with a simulated society exercise facilitated by Well Said Public Relations, as well as a dynamic second day with Myer’s Briggs Assessment led by Anita Alpenfels with Moore County schools and Fireside Chat – ‘Authenticity and Personal Branding’ with Michael Barbera of Clicksuasion Labs.

MCLI graduates are recognized across the county as leaders in their industries and organizations.  They have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries. 
Jana Volitis, Director of Operations
(910) 692-3926