Dubois County Emerging Leaders Host 2015 Kick Off

February 13, 2015—Last night, Dubois County Emerging Leaders giving circle held its 2015 Kick-Off Event at the Millhouse in Jasper.  The crowd of about thirty people heard from Co-Chair Courtney Knies on the past and future efforts of the group, which seeks to engage community members in philanthropy and provide individuals with networking opportunities at the highest level. Along with the quarterly event opportunities, Knies invited those in attendance to join the monthly steering committee meetings which are held at 5:30pm, on the first Tuesday of the month, at the Dubois County Community Foundation.  Following the meeting, the group will view a TED Talk and have an engaging conversation.  All are welcome to attend.

Knies, who is also the Executive Director of Mentors for Youth, also gave an update on the impact of the 2014 grant of $5,000.00, which last year’s group of Emerging Leaders voted to bestow upon her organization.  Knies stated that the grant is serving as a “game changer” and will be used to support the match making process and upgrade outdated computer software.

Also in attendance, guest speaker Bill Kaiser, past board president of the Dubois County Community Foundation and partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, spoke to the group about the importance of taking risks and not allowing fear to paralyze you.  Kaiser provided everyone in attendance with a copy of the book, To Kill a Mockingbird and used the novel and lessons contained within to build upon his message.  Mr. Kaiser stated, “Eventually we become what we choose;” elaborating that, oftentimes, what we choose to do or say has an unknown impact on our future.

Emerging Leaders concluded the evening with a social hour in which members were able to network. The next steering committee meeting will be held at the Community Foundation on March 2nd at 5:30pm.  The next Emerging Leader event is a luncheon on May 14th which will feature Mayors Spinner and Seitz as guest speakers.

More information may be found at www.elgiving.org or on Facebook at DCEmergingLeaders.