The Leadership Lake Tahoe program has unearthed depths of our community that I hadn’t known existed. Revealed have been individuals who are channeling intelligence and passion to lead our South Shore in a positive direction. Despite this, the question remains: why, when so many hard-working people are committed to positive change for our community, do a few loud, stagnant mindsets manage to hold up progress?
The 2014 Leadership Lake Tahoe class created the Leadership Lake Tahoe Summit as a solution to this challenge. This one-day event is an opportunity to bring together a diverse group of local and regional experts to elevate the discourse of the South Shore. Two keynote speakers will bookend expert panels focusing on issues of local concern. Dave Meslin, a Toronto, Ontario “community choreographer” will speak to his theories on encouraging active citizenship with antidotes to apathy. Our second speaker, Dana Williams, former mayor of Park City, Utah, will illustrate how a dedicated team with a common vision can achieve greatness.
This evening I made a poor decision to start reading the comment section of a local online media source. As I read a string of wicked anonymous comments about an individual with an acute sense of integrity, optimism and compassion, I felt deeply disheartened. Bashing people without gathering correct facts runs us off course; funny how this same thing happens here on a much more significant sense. We hope that the upcoming Leadership Lake Tahoe Summit can provide an opportunity to gather a multitude of perspectives and encourage effective communication, especially with those who disagree. I invite the “anonymous commenter” world of the South Shore to the summit. Join us in a journey to get informed. A journey to gather insight into how you can be an active, engaged citizen.
In a small community such as the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, voices are heard. If you have struggled to find your voice in the community, this is a great place to start. Elections matter, engagement matters, but most importantly, choosing to be informed matters. Choose to inform your worldview at the May 10 Leadership Lake Tahoe Summit. Who knows what opportunities await once you do!
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.elevatetahoe.com.
Brynna Nichols is an active member of the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals.