I trust that you and your families are healthy and well. In our house, my five-year-old daughter has converted the kitchen floor into a miniature Lego construction zone. Times of crisis can certainly engender creativity and possibility.
As I reflect on where we are in 2020, I can’t help but focus on the unique and powerful approach of MCLP. When the MCLP Board met last January to revisit our why, we came up with the following: “MCLP inspires each individual’s leadership journey so that the community is uplifted.” The diverse individuals who participate in our program go on to serve as community leaders, embark on new professional careers, and exhibit servant leadership in all walks of life. In a word, they are outstanding.
While we cannot have our usual graduation this year, we will be honoring our current graduates virtually. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13th at 7:00 pm for a FaceBook Live celebration! We are still working out the kinks, so make sure to check our facebook page for updates.
As we reflect on the excellence of the Class of 2020, we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2021. Our program and curriculum for the next class will include virtual learning events, and we are crafting a module on what it means to lead during a crisis. We have also asked local nonprofits and organizations to submit community project proposals related to recovery in our community. The deadline to submit an application is June 15. Our prospective class is on track to be the leaders of the future.
The values of servant leadership are more important than ever in light of current events. MCLP is dedicated to upholding these values and serving this community. We were founded on the premise that diverse representation in leadership is critical for productive change. We stand as allies in the fight against systemic racism. Black Lives Matter. As Jesse Jackson said, “Leadership must meet the moral challenge of its day.”
I look forward to hearing from each of you about how you’re doing, your thoughts about MCLP, and how our organization can continue to uplift the community, one leader at a time.
Onward in hope.
Julie Emig, Executive Director
Image Credit: Teo Georgiev for Fine Acts, @teowithdoodles