Leadership Asheville and The New Agenda

For close to three decades, Leadership Asheville’s acclaimed program has built a strong tradition of leadership development and community involvement. Utilizing lectures, discussions, work groups and service projects, the participants explore a variety of topics, ranging from the environment to education to local government to economic development. The class graduating May 20 has had the opportunity to focus on specific needs in the area of children and youth outreach.

The 62-member class, the largest to date, was divided into teams of five. These Leadership Learning Teams were set to task on developing community projects that target local youth. Leadership Asheville Executive Director Gerry Goertz says, “I’m always amazed to see complete strangers come together to form strong, cohesive teams in such a short period of time, and all the while, providing an important service to the community. This program allows individuals to personally explore various opportunities to have a hand in creating meaningful advances for a well-rounded region.”

A full listing of all class participants and projects is available for public view on the Leadership Asheville Web site. Drawing from profit and nonprofit organizations, local government officials, private industry executives, university professors, stay-at-home parents and school administrators, Leadership Asheville’s graduate network covers a diverse array of interests, opportunities and challenges inherent to the region. Applications for the 2009-2010 class of Leadership Asheville are now available. Info: www.leadershipasheville.org or ggoertz@leadershipasheville.org.


Cynthia Ruccia

The New Agenda is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by bringing about systemic change in the media, at the workplace, at school and at home. In addition, the organization seeks to achieve safety and opportunity for all women by addressing issues that unite women and by advancing women into leadership roles.

Everyone is welcome to join the organization, including men and people of all political parties and beliefs regarding reproductive rights. The New Agenda is about working together on the issues people have in common.

Cynthia Ruccia, co-founder of The New Agenda, will be in Asheville to meet with people who share the goals of the organization. “I’m looking forward to meeting with the women and men of Asheville and hearing their concerns on our issues,” she says. “The people here are well known within The New Agenda as folks who really care about our country and are willing to get involved. It should be a great evening!”

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the New French Bar Courtyard and Café, 12 Biltmore Ave. Info: 254-4827.

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