A DEEP DIVE ON STATE IS­SUES

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS OUTLOOK - BY SHAD JAMES, CHAIR­MAN OF THE BOARD, LIFE­TIME MEM­BER AND PATTY KOMKO, PRES­I­DENT, CO-FOUNDER, LIFE­TIME MEM­BER LEAD­ER­SHIP NEW MEX­ICO

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.

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 Lead­er­ship New Mex­ico pro­grams have the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue their in­volve­ment and pro­fess-ional de­velop-ment 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.

Patty Komko

Shad James

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