As Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Wendy A. Phillips, HCLA Class of 2002
Lives and works: Carmel
Family: Greg, her husband of 47 years; a son, a daughter and two grandchildren
Career: “Worked joyfully for the Carmel Clay Public Library for 35 years, the last 15 as director.” She retired on June 30, 2015.
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “The diversity of opportunity available to anyone who welcomes it.”
Favorite HCLA curriculum activity: “Beck’s Hybrids field trip. Having always lived in a city or suburban environment, I really appreciate the value of our agricultural heritage.”
Most vivid HCLA memory: “The opening retreat made a lasting impression, not only because of the fellowship, but because it occurred just days after 9/11. I think everyone there felt united in purpose as a result.”
How has HCLA changed your perspective on leadership? “Leadership skills can be honed and exhibited in a variety of ways. It’s not limited only to those at the top. Leaders can and do emerge from all levels of an organization.”
What will Hamilton County leaders be saying about our community 25 years from now? That it is “a model for managed growth and development, a highly desirable place to live and work and raise a family.”
What is your vision for the future of Hamilton County? “A community where everyone’s basic needs are met (we still have people who are food insecure) and where opportunities abound for all.”
What is one change you would love to see that would improve our community for everyone? “Mass transit.”