Letter from the CEO
Mission-focused. A strong volunteer base. A cohesive team. All characteristics of any successful nonprofit organization. But the strength, and perhaps the true measure of success for any nonprofit, is the ability to adapt. And over the last year and a half, Leadership Greater Huntsville has not only adapted but grown in the process.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Leadership Greater Huntsville made the difficult but wise decision to postpone in-person programs while continuing to provide leadership and service to the community. And as a new program year began in August, more strategic decisions were made in the best interest of both our class members and the organization itself. Class sizes were reduced to promote social distancing. Bus travel was suspended, and boxed meals were mandatory. And some program days were postponed. However, I was proud to see how the Program Directors still managed to put together packed agendas with highly sought-after speakers from the community.
In addition, we added a whole new team of Program Directors, expanded our board, adopted a new CRM system, and launched SPARK, a brand new program focused on developing the collegiate leaders in our area. So, even with all its challenges, it’s no wonder that reflecting on this past year brings me such a sense of pride and joy. LGH embarked on a new program year with strong partnerships, over 100 volunteers, and a dedicated team to create the best programs possible. I also appreciate the time and dedication of our alumni and commend you for continuing to serve LGH and the Greater Huntsville community.
We know that each day can bring challenges to any organization, and nonprofits are certainly not immune. In times like these, the nonprofit organizations in our community have grown stronger together, and with your encouragement and support, we will continue to do so.
- Shannon Drake