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Chamber of Commerce Announces 2017 Leadership Lafayette Class

 

2017 Class of Leadership Lafayette recognized at Chamber After Hours at BancorpSouth
2017 Class of Leadership Lafayette recognized at Chamber After Hours at BancorpSouth

Thursday night the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and community members welcomed the 2017 class of Leadership Lafayette at the Chamber After Hours at BancorpSouth.

This year’s Leadership Lafayette class includes 22 members from the University of Mississippi, Oxford Police Department, Winchester Ammunition, and many other local businesses. 
The Leadership Lafayette Class of 2017 met for their first all day class meeting on Friday, Jan. 13. At this session, they learned about what leadership truly means, their personality types, how to grow their strengths, and time management. Local community members teach all sessions, with only a few exceptions.

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2017 Leadership Lafayette Class meets for their first session

Over the next nine months, these 22 community members will engage in monthly all day class meetings to learn about the aspects of Lafayette County that make it unique and diverse. These sessions will cover topics such as criminal justice, the University of Mississippi, business and industry, and even community service.
During these monthly meetings, the class members will tour athletic facilities on the University of Mississippi’s campus, watch demonstrations at Wildrose Kennels, complete a scavenger hunt around Oxford, tour the jail, hear from local and federal law enforcement, and create lasting connections and friendships.By March the class will be broken into groups to work on a community-based project. Each team will be tasked with adopting or creating a project that will positively impact Oxford and Lafayette County in a positive way, and that can be completed before the class ends in September.
By March the class will be broken into groups to work on a community-based project. Each team will be tasked with adopting or creating a project that will positively impact Oxford and Lafayette County and that can be completed before the class ends in September.
Past Leadership Lafayette class projects include Oxford Recycling, Releaf Oxford, Food Truck Fight, Family Crisis Services Bowling for Bravery, LOFT’s Night for Non-Profits, and the Lafayette County Welcome signs. 
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Randy Harrington speaks to 2017 Leadership Lafayette class
Participation in Leadership Lafayette is an honor that is awarded to those who work or live in Lafayette County. The application is available in the fall of each year and the new class is announced every January. The applicate pool is always highly competitive and the Steering Committee and the community are fortunate to have many talented and hardworking individuals dedicated to making Oxford an even better place to live. 

2017 Leadership Lafayette Class Roster

Cade Austin – Baptist Memorial Hospital
Betty Bloom – Bloom Again/Dignity.PERIOD
Jody Burnett – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Jake Campbell –Winchester Ammunition
Brooke Gobert – Trustmark National Bank
Jerad Myers – Turner Law
Lauren Pace – FNB Oxford
Henry Paris – HomeFirst Mortgage
Ben Pinon – Magnolia Montessori
Justin Ramsey – BancorpSouth
Rixter Sharpe – Baptist Memorial Hospital – Diagnostic Center
John Hopkins – Cspire
Kelly Huckaby – Mississippi Federal Credit Union
Medora Justice – Hardy Reed/ University of Mississippi
Chloe Lloyd – Retired
Ed Maxwell – Watkins, Ward, and Stafford
Sha’ Simpson – North Mississippi Regional Center
Afton Thomas – Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi
Cobie Watkins – University of Mississippi Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Alex White – University of Mississippi
Ryan Winter – Oxford Police Department
Brandi Young – Grace Realty Group


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