Leadership Lincoln cultivates a diverse group of youth and adult community leaders to help strengthen the fabric of life in Lincoln!
Leadership Lincoln (LL) believes that informed, skilled and dedicated leadership is the key to the future of the Lincoln community. We believe in Engaging, Connecting and Serving the citizens of Lincoln!
- Engage—LL engages individuals from diverse backgrounds by providing them with the knowledge, experiences, skills and leadership tools that prepare them to become effective leaders within the community.
- Connect—LL then connects those individuals to one another, to key decision makers in our community and to agencies, organizations, governmental commissions, projects and the community at large.
- Serve—LL also encourages and expects those individuals to take personal responsibility and actively serve the community resulting in a stronger and better Lincoln for all of us.
Everyday LL alumni play key roles, serving on boards, taking an active role in events and volunteering where needed. The community benefits from the interest and commitment of our alumni. Your contribution will help us to provide the quality programs for which we are known and help future leaders of Lincoln.
Meet a few alumni of our Programs
- Fellows—ensures our city has a pool of well-trained, knowledgeable individuals ready to assume leadership positions throughout the community.
- Kim Robak has used the skills she learned in Fellows “to run meetings, gather ideas & to come to consensus too many times to count," she said. "I also met a cross-section of people who gave me the chance to participate in a number of community projects. This program has fostered & grown leaders across every sector of the City," she said. “The networks resulting from LL have created job opportunities, community improvement programs, discussion groups & long lasting contacts."
- Lincoln Executive Series—provides senior management a deeper understanding of critical issues facing the community.
- Pat Kenney was new to Lincoln when Tom Henning, (Assurity, President & CEO) recommended that he go through the Lincoln Executive Series. Pat found that the experience served him well in the community & in his role at Assurity. "The program gave me a greater understanding of the key role Assurity plays in Lincoln. And it allowed me to serve on several boards, notably the St. Elizabeth Foundation. It brought good perspective & insight to the city that we never would have learned otherwise."
- Youth Leadership Lincoln—instills a lifelong commitment to community service in youth; helping them understand youth leadership can make a difference.
- Jacob Absalon participated in YLL as a sophomore at Lincoln High. He says the biggest lesson he learned was "the ability to face challenges & realize what a single person can do." While involved in YLL, Jacob was instrumental in the formation of YouthInspire, a youth-driven charitable foundation. Seven years later, as a US Army Captain, Jacob used his skills to help build consensus among Afghan leaders. "With the type of war in Afghanistan - a counter insurgency - a single platoon leader or company commander works with mayors, city councilmen & elders to have them work together to take ownership," Jacob explained. I used my YLL skills to help Afghan leaders think outside the box, compromise, build teams & use teamwork."
- Project A.L.L.—equips, encourages, and recruits ethnic/minority individuals or individuals who represent or are interested in advocating for under-represented voices for meaningful roles of governance and service on non-profit and governmental boards/task forces.
- Deidre Riggs & her husband Harry moved to Lincoln seven years ago when Harry was called to pastor a church here. "When we moved to Lincoln, it was difficult for us to connect in a way that's meaningful," Deidra said. "Lincoln is a close-knit community where a lot of people grew up together. Then Project A.L.L. came along. We met people with similar histories but our paths probably would not have crossed without this program." Deidra's involvement in Project A.L.L. has led her to being appointed to City Impact's Board of Directors and the Bryan College of Health Sciences Diversity Council.