While most of the “Class of 36” met for the first time last October, when they graduate from the program this June they will know each other very well. The class meets one or two days each month for full days and has toured, so far, local schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, police and fire facilities, arts and cultural centers, and have met with leaders of public and not for profit community service providers.
Stuart Reed, an attorney and mediator, says that he joined the program to network in a meaningful way with other local business people, and to learn more about his community: “So far, the program has exceeded my expectations. We have heard about the community’s challenges and concerns from the Chief of Police, the School Board Superintendent, the CEO of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and many other leading educators and social service providers. It has been a terrific, eye opening education, and all the while, I am building genuine, professional relationships with great classmates.”
The remaining classes scheduled through June will focus on environmental programs, government operations, media, tourism and the criminal justice system.
Participants from Leadership Hollywood’s prior years’ classes often visit and participate in this year’s program events, and frequently sponsor the class’s breakfasts and lunches. “Although it is called a leadership development program,” Stuart Reed observes, “it is just as much a community development program. It is unmistakable that so many participants develop lasting, rewarding relationships with each other and the community. It has been the best education experience I have had since law school, and I am really glad that we aren’t even halfway through it yet.”
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Stuart Reed is an attorney and mediator who has been helping clients to resolve business, family, immigration and property concerns since 1992. For more information about Stuart Reed and his practice, visit http://www.LawAndMediationSoFla.com.