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06/06/18



 A few weeks ago, the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2018 meandered their way through the notches to visit our state’s North Country for their final two session days. This is always a bittersweet experience for the staff and associates in the program. On the one hand, we are so inspired to see the three dozen members of each class — who came in as relative strangers in September — come together as one, while on the other, we know that our time together will soon be coming to an end.

Over their 10-month experience, associates in the program are exposed to a wide range of issues surrounding some of the major systems in the state. From health and health care to education to criminal justice, each month offers new insights into the things that New Hampshire does well and areas where we could work to improve. The members of this year’s class learned about education funding, addressing an aging workforce, evaluating health disparities, adverse childhood experiences, and state budgeting — just to name a few.  
For me, it’s hard not to feel inspired in this work. I count myself among the lucky ones as I get to witness, year over year, a group of diverse leaders coming together to work to make our state the best it can be. The participants in the program range from business to government to nonprofit professionals with a healthy mix of political ideologies and formal/informal leaders. They show up every month and are committed to furthering their own growth and development in each of the issues presented.
This week, this Class of 2018 will graduate from the program, which will bring the total graduates of the Leadership New Hampshire program to within striking distance of 1,000. In the same week we will also select the next group, Class of 2019, and the process will begin all over again at our kickoff retreat in September at Camp Merrowvista in Tuftonboro.
Leadership New Hampshire has worked to fulfill its role: We have convened, informed and inspired the next generation of leaders in the state. Now the challenge is on you, New Hampshire, to find ways to utilize these folks, including their newfound knowledge of the state and their expanded networks, in a meaningful way to help address our state’s challenges and build on its successes. Whether you are in elected office or serving in another capacity, reach out to these leaders and engage them in your cause. Alumni names are listed on the Leadership New Hampshire website often with a clickable link to their LinkedIn profiles. I hope you’ll connect with them.
Allyson Ryder is associate director of Leadership New Hampshire. She can be reached at Allyson.ryder@leadershipnh.org.
 

 






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