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Meet Leadership New Mexico’s class of ’19

Shad James

Leadership New Mexico is proud to introduce its Core Program Class of 2019. These 42 leaders from 17 communities and a broad range of industries are passionate about one central goal and purpose: building a stronger future for all New Mexicans.

In this edition of the Business Outlook, the class participants share their reflections on their Leadership New Mexico program experience and insights about the future of our state. The individuals are motivated to lead their organizations and communities with a deeper understanding and awareness of the most pressing issues facing our state.

Leadership New Mexico was formed in 1995 by a small group of committed individuals who saw the need for a nonpartisan, statewide organization dedicated to the development of informed leaders. In its 23rd year, Leadership New Mexico has provided more than 1,600 business, community, and government leaders from 85 communities with valuable insights and perspectives on New Mexico’s many opportunities and challenges.

Patty Komko

The organization’s four programs – the Core Program, the Local Government Leadership Program, the Connect New Mexico Program, and the Alumni Member Program – educate participants and deliver experiences that foster lasting professional and personal relationships. Launched in 1996, the Core Program was designed to serve established, senior level leaders. It consists of six program sessions held in communities across the state over a 10-month period. Each session features presentations from respected experts who volunteer their time to share their knowledge with a group of 40 to 45 Core Program participants each year.

The Local Government Leadership Program was created in 2003 for municipal and county officials, school board members, New Mexico National Guard members, and regional councils of government to help them gain the knowledge to undertake civic responsibilities with a passion for effective and ethical public service. It meets for two, 2½-day sessions and is the product of a partnership with New Mexico Counties, the New Mexico Municipal League and the New Mexico School Board Association.

Connect New Mexico the “Next Generation of Leadership” Program, introduced in 2007, is tailored to the needs of young professionals (ages 25-40). This program combines elements of the Core Program and Local Government Leadership Program to develop participants’ personal leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of how New Mexico’s systems and structures work.

Since its launch in 2001, the Alumni Member Program has steadily grown and evolved. Graduates from all three Leader-ship New Mexico programs have the opportunity to continue their involvement and professional development through educational and social events throughout the state. This spring, the program will be hosting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Air Force Research Laboratory to learn about the Lab’s research efforts, STEM outreach, and tech transfer. Past tours include Meow Wolf, Virgin Galactic/Spaceport America, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, and many more.

The enduring value that Leadership New Mexico delivers to participants beyond their initial program experience is reflected in the organization’s enthusiastic member involvement. More than 225 individuals have become Lifetime Members and support Leadership New Mexico’s endowment, which has enabled the organization to offer additional benefits such as program scholarships for individuals from small businesses and rural communities.

While the focus and content of each Leadership New Mexico program differs, the organization’s central goal and impact contains a common thread. Graduates from all three of Leadership New Mexico’s educational programs go on to infuse their organizations and communities with new knowledge and understanding, and perhaps most importantly, become part of a statewide network of informed and dedicated leaders that put their insight to action. They serve countless hours on boards and committees, and advocate for critical issues in their communities and the state. Leadership New Mexico’s graduates work tirelessly to lead the way to a stronger New Mexico; a place where individuals, families, and organizations can succeed and thrive.

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