The Leadership Council

Alumni from Leadership Lynchburg dedicate their time and provide their expertise to Leadership Lynchburg by serving on the Leadership Council.

Aaron Tice
Project Manager, Wiley|Wilson, LL41 

I learned a lot about my personal leadership style, and how important it is to deeply care for my co-workers from Leadership Lynchburg. However, my wife just says I got soft.

I serve on the Leadership Council because Leadership Lynchburg jump started my leadership journey, and I still go to my classmates to celebrate good times and talk about tough ones. I want to help other emerging leaders have the same experience and form the same kinds of relationships I did.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” – Paul, Colossians 3:23

Aaron Smith
Diversity & Inclusion Officer, University of Lynchburg, LL41

Leadership Lynchburg was a great opportunity to network with other area professionals while learning the tenants of leadership in a practical and sustainable manner. The community component is brilliant, and the manner in which members are strategically placed on teams truly helps each individual grow as a leader. It was time well spent.

I have had a tremendous amount of help to achieve the “success” I’ve achieved in my life. Individuals involved with Leadership Lynchburg helped me grow both as a leader and as a professional. I want to see our region thrive, this is an important way to give back to those who aspire to make a difference in this area both personally and professionally.

“Attitude reflects the longitude of success.” – Unknown

Dr. George Sherman
Director, Professional and Continuing Education, Liberty University, LL40

Leadership Lynchburg has connected me with the community in enduring ways. I serve on the Leadership Council because it’s rewarding to engage with an upbeat group of leaders to address challenges, and great to be part of the team.

“We think we want easy lives, but we require adversity.” –Unknown

Susan Chapman
Director, Brown, Edwards & Co, LLP,  LL38

Not being from the Lynchburg area originally and going through the program a few years after relocating here, I gained so many new connections in the community and still maintain some of those to this day. The program helped me broaden my view and understanding of what a leader is and how different leaders are successful. The people you meet in the program become such an incredible part of your journey. This area is full of many strong and varied leaders. Getting exposure to some of them helped me grow.

Leadership Lynchburg gave me connections, friends, and skills that have helped me rise both personally and professionally. I serve on the Leadership Council and stay involved with the program because I want others to have that same opportunity. This is a unique and wonderful program. It takes a village to make it the great program it is. I’m proud to be part of that village.

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“The easy days ahead of you will be easy. It is the hard days – the times that challenge you to your very core – that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.” – Sheryl Sandberg

Ryan Zuidema
Chief of Police, Lynchburg Police Department, LL42

Leadership Lynchburg provided me with a great deal of perspective. This perspective came from interacting with a diverse group of leaders from all walks of life. It also required me to take an introspective look at my weaknesses and allowed me the opportunity to grow in areas that were previously blind spots for me.

I serve on the Leadership Council because I believe it is my duty to develop other leaders and our community, with the goal of leaving both in a greater condition than they were found.

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky
Steven Lydzinski
Engineering Manager at Framatome, LL38

Leadership Lynchburg provided me an opportunity to explore, develop, and refine my leadership style in a supportive environment of seasoned leaders. I continue to use lessons learned from my experiences as a participant, then as an Alumni Consultant and Council member to guide my decision and help others on their leadership journey.

My experience in the Flagship program for Leadership Lynchburg gave me the kickstart I needed to learn more about myself so I could be a better manager, leader, coach, husband, and father. The council allows me to engage with inspiring leaders in our community to improve the experience for future classes.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

Jessica Clarkson
Vice President, Market Relationship Manager, Member One Federal Credit Union, LL42

Leadership Lynchburg taught me the importance of working well within a team dynamic, and understanding and respecting that people operate differently, and we can all work efficiently within those confines.

I serve on the Leadership Council because I wanted to stay involved after my Flagship Program ended to continue to learn and grow, as well as offer any input that I believe will make this amazing program even better.

“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Shaun Conway
Senior GIS Programmer/Analyst, City of Lynchburg, LL43

Leadership Lynchburg helped me to transition from “Can I?” to “I Can!” and provided the tools, relationships, and guidance to plan my future growth.

Serving on the Leadership Council helps to ensure that this opportunity exists for others to benefit from as much as I did. Serving on the Leadership Council also offers me an opportunity to continue my journey in developing as a leader by working alongside and learning from some incredible leaders from all across our dynamic city.

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell