History

LEADERSHIP SOUTH BEND/MISHAWAKA: THE BEGINNING

Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka began in 1974, making it the oldest Leadership program in the state of Indiana.  Local attorney, Chuck Roemer, founded and ran the organization for the first several years of its existence. 
 

THE 1990S

In 1996, the Indiana Leadership Association announced the Indiana Leadership Initiative as a nationally recognized community leadership program for developing 21st Century Leadership Skills funded by a grant three-year grant form the Lilly Foundation.  In 1996/97, Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka was one of the first programs nationwide to implement the program.

Members of Class 23 were instrumental in the development of Vision 2020 now known as the Downtown South Bend Partnership project to develop a strategic action plan for economic development. 

The 1998/99 Leadership program year marked the 25th anniversary of service to the Michiana community bringing current and emerging leaders together to learn about our unique community and assume a leadership role in forming our preferred future. Numerous celebrations and recognitions were given honoring the long-standing contributions by Leadership to the community including a Governor’s Proclamation.  

In 1999/2000 alumni from Leadership Class 25 started and implemented a pilot program based on the curriculum of the Adult and Youth program for children in the grade school level. Harrison Elementary School was the site where 4th, 5th and 6th graders learned about leadership concepts and explored issues in our community. This successful program has now inspired other programs to be offered at the grade school level.
 

THE 2000S

Class 26 Task Group studying Cultural Exchange received the Human Rights Commission Education Award in recognition of their study and implementation of furthering the practice of inclusiveness in work and community settings. Class 26 was also instrumental in supporting the Chamber and their US 31 coalition initiative.

A new form of Task Group project was implemented with Class 28. In researching educational issues they decided to host a recognition breakfast and workshop for students in the SBCSC’s new Alternatives to Expulsion program. Students were recognized and appreciated for their achievement. They plan to make this an annual event.

In 2002-2003, we celebrated the 1000th Adult participant and the 10th Anniversary of the Youth Leadership program. To commemorate this double milestone the two organizations held a joint commencement with Lt. Governor Joe Kernan as the keynote speaker along with a Youth 10 year Anniversary Celebration planned by a Task Group from Class 29.

2003-2004 marked the 30th year of Leadership. One task group researched the history of Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka and formulated a Leadership Timeline. Steve McTigue, Chuck Roemer and Jerry Hammes, were honored and presented with the “Founding Fathers Award” at the Commencement Luncheon. We welcomed our new executive director, Nancy Albright.  
Staff responsibilities were realigned and Pam Newman was assigned programming for both the adult and youth programs.

In 2004-2005, Executive Director, Nancy Albright, relocated to Ohio. The Adult Class XXXI Class Project was restructured to empower people to effectively lead organizations and be part of the community decision-making process. This was achieved by reaching out to “grassroots” organizations.
The Youth Leadership Class XII Project involved the refurbishing of the original Kids Kingdom.

Juliann Jankowski was welcomed as our new executive director. This was the first year we combined the Adult and Youth classes for one Commencement Ceremony and Luncheon.

The 2005-2006 Youth Class Project provided client “Welcome Bags” for: YWCA, Hope Rescue Mission, Hannah’s House, Saint Margaret’s House and the Center for the Homeless.

The Leadership Alumni Association was kicked off at the 2006 Commencement Luncheon.  The first event “Six String Leadership” drew over 125 people.    
An alumni e-newsletter was developed. 

In an effort to better accommodate our participants, their parents, spouses and sponsors, the Commencement Ceremony was incorporated into the luncheon.

In 2006-2007, a five-year strategic plan was completed. The alumni association hosted several events including:  a nutrition and leadership seminar, a panel discussion with the “Men of Scars” regarding the causes of crime in our community, a community bus tour focusing on the past, present, and future of our community from an economic development standpoint, a night at the theatre, and a holiday celebration/canned food drive.

The Youth Class project entailed refurbishing the Family Center at Hope Rescue Mission and providing entertainment/play equipment for the children at the center.  They also conducted a book drive and made a donation of 137 books and $200 to help provide scholarships for those taking the GED.  
    
2007-2008 marked our largest number of adult leadership participants - 45. Local government, spirituality and ethics were all added to the curriculum this year. 

An executive orientation program was developed with a launch date set for fall of 2008. 

For the first time, participants in Youth Leadership developed several small group projects in lieu of one large group project.  This enabled each member of the class to actively participate and contribute to the project. 

A record 328 people attended the Leadership commencement luncheon at the Palais.  
The Leadership Alumni Association in now two years old with over 160 members. 

Corey Cressy became our first Leadership participant to graduate from both the youth and the adult program.

In 2008-2009, the Leadership Alumni Association celebrated its 3rd anniversary in July of 2009.  Events for alumni this year included a Meet and Greet for the new class at the Summit Club, a social at the South Bend Museum of Art, seminars on “Lessons in Leadership”, “Emotional Intelligence” and “Change Leadership” as well as a tour of the new WSBT studios.  Commencement 2009 had a record number of attendees at 347. 

Duke Jones, COO of 1st Source Bank, was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus. 

A project team from Class 35 instituted the first annual Live A Difference Day in conjunction with Make a Difference Michiana. Adult and Youth class participants as well as Leadership alumni volunteered for various community service projects. 

2009-2010 saw Adult Class 36 kick off their year at LaSalle Grill with Orientation followed by a Meet & Greet social with alumni. In October, the first Executive Community Orientation Program was held, introducing new executives and their spouses to our community. On October 22nd the participants joined Leadership Alumni at the Palais Royale for a Celebration Luncheon marking the 35th Anniversary of the Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka program. The Board of Directors joined alumni in service projects during the 2nd annual Live A Difference Day.  An all inclusive Yearbook was published and distributed to all Adult and Youth participants. Leadership SB/Mishawaka was chosen to participate in a national study on the impact of Community Leadership programs. The study was conducted and funded by Walden University.

2010-2011 was kicked off by hosting a northern Indiana Leadership conference. Leadership organizations and alumni were represented at the event held at the University of Notre Dame. Once again the Meet & Greet reception allows alumni a chance to connect with the new leadership class. Workshops on Finding Common Ground, How to Use People Map for leadership success as well as the viewing of “Waiting for Superman” followed by discussion of education practices in other countries, kept alumni engaged. Other fun events included a cocktail party before attending the South Bend Symphony’s Broadway Rocks and the 3rd Annual Live a Difference Day rebuild project. In March we were pleased to get the results of the Community Impact Study conducted by Walden University.

In 2011-2012, Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka again hosted the annual regional leadership conference. Community Leadership staff and alumni from across the region attended the event with keynote speaker Jim Hunter, author of The Servant and other books on servant leadership.  An organizational dashboard was created to identify, measure, and track our key success indicators. 

The dashboard was then presented as part of a workshop on measuring program impact and effectiveness at the 2012 national leadership conference.

The alumni association was very busy, holding 10 events focusing on continuing education, networking and service.  In May, the Leadership Legacy Club was launched with added benefits for alumni association members. John Foegley was honored as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus recipient.

In 2012-2013, Adaptive Leadership was added to the adult leadership curriculum as a 9 month pilot program.  Class participants were challenged to use the Adaptive Leadership tools and techniques in the organizations they serve. The Leadership Legacy Club hosted alumni events with several well-known regional leadership speakers including Joe Pusateri and Harry Vande Velde III.  The Commencement luncheon, held at the historic Palais Royale, had a record 400 attendees. The theme was “Celebrating 20 Years of Youth Leadership”. The Distinguished Alumnus recipient was Ann Manion-Leadership Class 7. 

In 2012-2013, Adaptive Leadership was added to the adult leadership curriculum as a 9 month pilot program.  Class participants were challenged to use the Adaptive Leadership tools and techniques in the organizations they serve. The Leadership Legacy Club hosted alumni events with several well-known regional leadership speakers including Joe Pusateri and Harry Vande Velde III.  The Commencement luncheon, held at the historic Palais Royale, had a record 400 attendees. The theme was “Celebrating 20 Years of Youth Leadership”. The Distinguished Alumnus recipient was Ann Manion-Leadership Class 7.  

2013-2014: A new five week skills based leadership program for young professionals was added this year.  EMERGE kicked off with a pilot group of twenty YP’s.  We began celebrating our 40th Anniversary with the Live a Difference Day organized by one of the Class 40 project teams.  Over 100 Leadership volunteers helped during the Near Northwest Neighborhood Association’s Adopt-A-Block, joining over 100 volunteers from the neighborhood association.  Carolyn Gray Hahn, Class 21, was honored as our 2014 Distinguished Alumnus.  Four hundred and forty people attended the commencement celebration honoring Carolyn and the graduates of our four leadership programs.   Adaptive Leadership remained a part of the curriculum for the signature program but class projects were also reinstated to help participants learn about our community and engage with other leaders.   We now have 1500 graduates of the Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka Signature program.