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Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute Kicks Off Fall Class

YP Leadership Institute helps shape the local leaders of the future. 

Gwinnett Young Professionals is pleased to announce its latest Leadership Institute class, which kicked off Tuesday, July 12.

The Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute is designed to be an interactive exploration of personal leadership development. Active learning on the part of each individual is an essential component of this valuable experience and it involves more than just attending the Leadership Institute – it also requires participants to engage in critical reflection of readings and discussions, formulate individual perspectives on the issues raised in the Institute and actively participate in the exchange of ideas with other young professionals. 

“By 2020, millennials will comprise 50 percent of the United States workforce,” said Sean George, manager of membership services at the Gwinnett Chamber and Gwinnett Young Professionals program manager. “To accommodate this workforce shift, the Leadership Institute was created.” 

In partnership with Georgia Gwinnett College as well as supporting partner Porter Keadle Moore, the program features monthly gatherings and lectures at various locations around Gwinnett County and will conclude with a commencement ceremony in December. 

“Gwinnett Young Professional Leadership Institute was a very well planned and insightful six-month experience,” said Tabitha Spillers, Finance Manager with Precision Planning, Inc., and Spring 2016 graduate. “Through open dialogue of leadership theories, I learned how to effectively apply my skills to grow as a leader and manager. I am thankful for the new friendships and business connections gained, whom I can continue to learn from and lean on throughout my career.” 

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The Fall 2016 Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute class: 

Instructor: Dr. Jim Fatzinger, Georgia Gwinnett College 
Amanda Fischer, Georgia Gwinnett College 
Anna Diez, Mitsubishi Electric Classic 
Atiya Crockett, Georgia Gwinnett College 
Bo Mann, Smith & Howard 
Cally D’Angelo, Gwinnett Chamber 
Casey Mashburn, Rhodes, Young, Black, & Duncan
Evan Pohl, Forge-Rx & CrossFit Winder 
Fariha Hassan, AdEdge Water Technologies 
Isabella Kissoon, Quantum National Bank 
Jacque McFadden, Rocket IT 
Jake Pond, AdEdge Water Technologies 
Jay Patel, Emory HealthCare
Jeneeve Cooke, Republic Services, Inc. 
Katrina Sharpe, Infinite Energy Center 
Kent Snyder, Precision Planning, Inc. 
Liz Kesler, MD Logic, Inc. 
Madison Navarro, City of Sugar Hill 
Mark Zielinski, GDP Technologies 
Michelle Juda, Infinite Energy Center 
Nadine Creutz-Adams, Porter Keadle Moore 
Richard Cavagnaro, AdEdge Water Technologies 
Skip Hulsey, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners 
Torrez Wilson, Georgia Gwinnett College 
Trey Beasley, Marlow’s Tavern 
Will Corbin, City of Duluth