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Leadership Southeast Georgia 2023 Holds Final Session and Graduation Ceremony
The professional development and leadership program focused the 2023 program on health, education, infrastructure, natural resources and economic development.
The group was then welcomed by Bradley S. Talbert, President & CEO of Memorial Health, and given an overview of the hospital. Next, Memorial's Behavioral Health Manager Mary Jo Horton presented "Mental Stressors in Today's Youth," followed by a tour of the Children's Hospital. The class then traveled to United Way of the Coastal Empire to take part in an investment panel simulation to learn about supporting our region's nonprofit organizations. The class also heard from Brynn Grant, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire, and Paula Kreissler, Executive Director of Healthy Savannah.
The morning of the second day began at Georgia Ports Authority for discussions on transportation infrastructure from Deputy Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Brad Saxon. This was followed by the presentation of the class capstone projects. Smaller groups collaborated to present projects on natural resources, agriculture, education, military, health and infrastructure. These presentations were heard by a panel of subject matter experts, Brad Saxon, Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation, Jason O'Kane, Chief, USACE Regulatory Division, David Cromley, Cromley Farms, Dr. Alisa Leckie, Assistant Dean for Partnerships and Outreach, Georgia Southern University, D.J. Spisso, Senior Exercise Planner, Georgia Air National Guard, and Laura Lemieux, Director, Emergency Department, Memorial Health.
The graduation ceremony followed, with keynote speaker Cecilia Russo Turner, Owner and CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing. Russo Turner spoke on leadership lessons she has learned over the last 15 years of being an entrepreneur and over the course of her thirty year career.
"We're thrilled with the enthusiasm of this graduating class," said Jared Downs, LSEGA Board Chair. "They asked great questions at all the discussions, their capstone projects were impressive and I think they really bonded over the course of five months. It's exciting to see what they'll do next."
LSEGA 2023 program sponsors include Evans General Contractors, Georgia Power, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia Southern University, M.E. Sack Engineering, Gulfstream Aerospace, HARCO Construction, The Sack Company, Sterling Seacrest Partners, Thomas & Hutton, International Paper, Hunter Maclean, Colony Bank, Hussey Gay Bell, Comcast, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Visit Savannah, Chick-fil-A Hinesville, Southeastern Bank and Rhowe Design + Build.