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Executive’s Desk: Creating a statewide circle of influence

In this issue of the Business Outlook, Leadership New Mexico is proud to introduce you to the Class of 2012, the sixteenth class to participate in the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.

Over the past sixteen years, Leadership New Mexico has made an incredible journey and established itself as the preeminent educational organization for business, community and government leaders to gain insight and understanding about the challenges and opportunities facing our great state of New Mexico.

Every year, Leadership New Mexico brings together a statewide group of leaders from diverse backgrounds, business sectors and communities to create a setting that allows for open and constructive learning and sharing. The diversity of perspectives of each participant, the breadth of knowledge and expertise of the speakers and the distinct communities in which program sessions are held are by far the most valuable components of the Leadership New Mexico Core Program. As a result, graduates emerge with fervor and determination to help make New Mexico a better place to live, work and raise a family.

NAME: Tony Atkinson, Patty Komko
TITLES: Chairman of the board, president
ORGANIZATION: Leadership New Mexico

Leadership New Mexico began in 1995 with a small group of visionary individuals who saw the need for a statewide organization dedicated to the development of informed leaders. Today, the organization has four successful programs: the Core Program, the Local Government Leadership Program, the Connect New Mexico Program and the Alumni Program.

Leadership New Mexico selects a class of established leaders from across the state to participate in the Core Program each year. The program consists of six sessions held in different locations across New Mexico over a ten-month period and covers topics related to health and human services, economic development, education, environment and natural resources, crime and justice and government.

The Local Government Leadership Program, a partnership with the New Mexico Municipal League and the New Mexico Association of Counties, is a program for county and municipal officials and members of the New Mexico National Guard, regional councils of governments and local school boards. The Local Government Leadership Program meets for two sessions in different locations. Leadership New Mexico’s newest program, Connect New Mexico “The Next Generation of Leadership,” was launched in 2007. Connect New Mexico is a program for business professionals, ages 25-40, and covers systems and structures in New Mexico during three sessions across the state. The Alumni Program is an ongoing networking opportunity for all Leadership New Mexico graduates and conducts alumni social and educational events throughout the year.

In all of its programs, Leadership New Mexico creates a supportive and collaborative environment for learning and the exchange of ideas. With roots firmly planted in communities across the state, Leadership New Mexico is enthusiastic about the continued growth of the programs and the ability of our alumni to solve the challenges facing our great state. Leadership New Mexico alumni touch thousands of lives and ultimately have the opportunity to improve the livelihood of families and businesses and preserve the culture in New Mexico.

After sixteen successful years, the network of Leadership New Mexico alumni continues to expand across the state. To date, there have been nearly 1,000 Leadership New Mexico participants representing 74 different communities and nearly 50 different industries including health care, government, banking, business, education, oil and gas, high-tech, farming and ranching and the nonprofit sectors. They are a group of the most-talented, accomplished and dedicated leaders in the state who serve on hundreds of boards, oversee thousands of employees and play an active role in governing the state. Leadership New Mexico’s alumni are actively involved in local and statewide issues and their passion is evident through the positive work they are doing in their communities. As Leadership New Mexico continues its success in the future, more alumni will continue to emerge with a positive attitude and a drive to advocate for a better New Mexico.

This year’s Core Program class, featured on the following pages, has risen to the challenges facing New Mexico and is committed to making their communities and New Mexico a better place to live and work.

We look back with pride and are honored to have been a part of Leadership New Mexico’s success over the years and we are looking forward to the many successful years to come. We would like to give our sincere gratitude to our dedicated speakers, volunteers, sponsors and staff who believe in our organization, support our mission and kindly and generously give of their time, expertise and resources. We are confident that Leadership New Mexico will continue to accomplish the mission of inspiring leaders to make a difference, create a better future and touch thousands of lives across New Mexico.”

Leadership New Mexico is pleased to introduce you to the Core Program Class of 2012 and share with you a glimpse of their experience.

For more information regarding Leadership New Mexico’s programs, please visit the website at or contact the Leadership New Mexico office at 505-241-4800.

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