Meet your leaders: Mike Engledow
As Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary in 2016, 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.
Mike Engledow, HCLA Class of 1999
Family: Wife Jenni; daughters Rachel and Madeline; son Jack.
Career: Principal, arcDESIGN
Community involvement: Served on HCLA board for six years, including two as president; HCLA curriculum dean in 2012 and 2013.
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “Leadership comes in all sizes and styles; one size doesn’t fit all.”
What impact has HCLA made on the community? “This is so hard to quantify, but think of it this way: Over the past 25 years, HCLA has sent over 500 alumni back into their communities better informed, better equipped, and more passionate about building better communities. I have to believe this has translated to a significant impact in countless ways, both obvious and untold.”
Most valuable lesson learned through HCLA: “Everyday heroes are out shaping our community every day. Not all are elected and not all are appointed, but all have rolled up their sleeves and gone to work to make Hamilton County a great place to live.”
Last movie you saw? “Looking forward to the new James Bond movie due out in November!”
Best-kept Hamilton County secret: “I enjoy riding my bike and jogging on the Hagan-Burke Trail. It runs into the Monon Trail just north of downtown Carmel and winds around through wooded areas, runs beside Cool Creek, leads under Keystone and pops out at 146th Street. … It feels remote even though it is right in the middle of Carmel.”