b'NAVIGATING CHANGEEmpowering LeadersRegional Programs is Focused on Creating Homegrown LeadersThis experience has opened my eyes to all our region has to offer.- ANNE SHENTONASCEND INBOUND MARKETINGDuring the 2019-2020 program, class members will examine critical regional issues, including regional identity and influence, workforce development, and collective visioning and planning.Anne Shenton, marketing agency director for Ascend Inbound Marketing, says she chose to participate in the program to Power System: South GeorgiaLEADS class members Tiffany Holmes, left, and Joshexpand her knowledge of the region. Lovett, at the Crisp County Dam on Lake BlackshearI was born and raised in South Georgia, E mbedding leadership development within the region is abut like so many people I know, never took cornerstone principle of South GeorgiaLEADS.the opportunity to explore our surrounding An eight-month professional developmentWith the goal of providing an innovative program presented by Electric Citiesand engaging environment to discuss of Georgia, South GeorgiaLEADS seekschallenges that impact the region, to create networking and communitythe program is focused on topics of awareness opportunities for leadersimportance to South Georgias future representing professional, civic, nonprofits,growth and success. and educational organizations throughout the region. I hope to gain a greater appreciation for the unique issues that we face in South Georgia and to help develop strategies to address them.- M.JAY HALLM.JAY HALL32 SG MAGAZINE| FALL 2019 BUSINESS + CULTURE33'