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It is with great pleasure that I announce on behalf of the Board of Leadership Huntsville Madison County that we have hired Lyndsay Ferguson as our new President/CEO. Lyndsay will join Leadership on June 12, 2017 and Sarah Savage will remain on a part time basis until the end of August to ensure a smooth transition.
Lyndsay comes to Leadership from the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce where she served as the Workforce Director. In this role, she was responsible for developing, implementing and managing the Chamber's workforce development and education programs. Lyndsay worked with industry, education and public sector stakeholders to ensure the Huntsville metro region has sufficient quantity and quality of talent to meet employer needs and support sustained growth.
Lyndsay’s experience in building human capital makes her the right leader for this position. Not only will she be able to identify servant leaders, but her background in curriculum development will strengthen the quality of our programs. Lyndsay was the unanimous choice of the selection committee and we are eager for her to bring her talent and expertise to Leadership.
As the Chamber of Commerce Workforce Director Lyndsay has experience working with all of our Community Trustees and many of the companies who send people through our programs. We have full confidence Lyndsay will be able to carry the torch and continue to build relationships in the community on behalf of LHMC.
Lyndsay graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. She has more than 10 years of experience in human resource leadership. Prior to joining the Chamber, Lyndsay worked as the Senior Director of Talent Support for YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas. In this role, Lyndsay led a team that provided full-cycle human resource support for more than 1100 employees and 10,000 students.
In 2016, Lyndsay was named a graduate of the Fellowship for Education Attainment, an initiative of the national Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, which incubated the national community leadership movement in its early years. The Fellowship’s immersive executive development program provides Chamber of Commerce professionals with education and tools to improve the birth-to-career education pipeline in the communities they serve. Throughout the year-long program, participants develop a regional action plan that focuses on addressing specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities. Lyndsay’s Fellowship experience will bring new perspectives, insights, and connections on critical issues to her work with LHMC.
Lyndsay told us “I was encouraged by many LHMC Alumni to apply for this position. I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to work with the ‘dream team’ of volunteers, board, and staff members to fulfill Leadership’s mission. I see this role as an opportunity to expand Leadership’s role as the community’s HR leader, helping to build our community’s human capital. Leadership brings people together from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Together we will continue to work towards identifying, educating, inspiring, and connecting servant leaders in our community.”
Joe Alexander, LHMC Board Co-Chair, joins me in welcoming Lyndsay. “Lyndsay’s knowledge, talent, and relationships in the community will be harnessed to grow both the LHMC programs and Alumni network. The Board of Directors is proud to have selected such a qualified and outstanding candidate.”
Sarah Savage, outgoing CEO of LHMC said, “This was an incredibly rigorous interview process, and we were grateful to receive interest from many qualified candidates. In the end, the board made an excellent decision and I am thrilled to pass the torch to such an outstanding community leader.”
As we celebrate Leadership 30th Anniversary this year, we are looking forward to the next 30 years! Past and current boards, along with the staff and CEO, have positioned Leadership to thrive and grow. Now it’s up to the new team to ensure Leadership’s vision is fulfilled.
Please join me in congratulating and supporting Lyndsay in her new responsibilities with Leadership. Leadership will miss Sarah and we wish her all the best as she transitions to a part time status and begins work on her new business. We are forever grateful for the past and eagerly anticipate the future of LHMC.
All the best,
Jennie Robinson, LHMC Board Chair