Marty Bonick, President and CEO of Jewish Hospital & Frazier Rehab Institute, shares his thoughts on being a member of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2011 – of which I am also a member.
By MARTY BONICK
Special to The Voice-Tribune
For nearly nine months, I have had the privilege of participating in Leadership Louisville. Along with 50 classmates, I’ve had the chance to get an in-depth behind the scenes look at what makes Louisville the great city it is and to think about what will take the city to even greater heights.
The programs each month have stimulated our minds and challenged our ways of thinking as we explored topics from education, crime, government, the arts, industry and the general community. It’s been an amazing experience that I’m confident has sparked an interest and passion in all that have participated to get more involved in making a difference.
On our most recent session, Mayor Greg Fischer shared his vision for where our city is headed. One of his many plans is to make Louisville “the most compassionate city in America.” This proved to be an important lead in to what we would experience that day.
The theme for our day revolved around exploring social services in our community, but to make it personal and relevant, we were each given an assignment to take on the role and life of someone else. My group was challenged to take on the life of “Linda” for the day. Our assignment was to walk in Linda’s shoes and be her advocate in seeking out help for her basic needs of survival – assistance for living expenses, utilities, food and transportation. Among other things, we found our nonprofit network of programs and services to be alive and well in Louisville, a point that was emphasized by others in the class as well.
Through my experience with Leadership Louisville, I am now even more aware of the need for the services provided by our wonderful nonprofit organizations. I am grateful for having lived through this experience, and it reaffirmed my personal commitment to helping the nonprofit mission in our community.
If you are among the fortunate ones in our community, I hope you too will help join in supporting our nonprofits with your time, talent and treasure – I assure you it will go to good use – just ask Linda!
Now in its 33rd year, Leadership Louisville is a 9-month experience for established community leaders facilitated by the Leadership Louisville Center. Founded in 1979, the center is the region’s leading leadership development and civic engagement organization.
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