Javiette Samuel, director of community engagement and outreach, recently participated in the Introduction Knoxville (IK) spring class of 2018.
Introduction Knoxville, a program of Leadership Knoxville (LK), began in 1993 to provide professionals new to the area and those with new positions of greater responsibility a program to quickly learn more about our community. According to their website, LK was created to “build a stronger city by developing people and groups, leading to a greater community” by implementing leadership programs, workshops, and events that inspire leaders at all levels.
“By offering programming from youth to seniors, LK helps build relationships across all ages,” said Sandi Swilley, vice president of Leadership Knoxville.
The spring curriculum showcased the history, culture, natural resources, local institutions and Knoxville’s top leaders to provide participants with a new level of community involvement. The class visited Oak Ridge National Lab, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Discovery, Ijams Nature Center, the East Tennessee History Center, Tennessee Theatre, Fulton High School, and UT Haslam College of Business, concluding with a visit to the Knoxville Museum of Art. At each stop, participants explored community issues and assets, which help them become involved with and make a difference in their community.
“By igniting people’s interests, it is hoped that everyone who graduates from LK programs will become civically engaged in a meaningful way,” said Swilley. “Margaret Meade once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’”