Quality of Life Day: Recreation, Arts, Culture, Environment - Endless Possibilities and Interpretations - Event Details

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Quality of Life Day: Recreation, Arts, Culture, Environment - Endless Possibilities and Interpretations

April 22, 2019
2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific

An area’s quality of life can be determined in various ways. In large part, however, many of us consider quality of life as it relates to opportunities for recreation and entertainment, arts and culture. Participate in this month’s Leadership Connection to hear from Leadership Asheville, Leadership Charlotte, and Leadership Cabarrus to get ideas on how to reimagine your program’s Quality of Life Day. These three programs each have a different focus, including the environment and sustainability, arts and culture, and sports. These program’s unique perspectives and day agendas will lend a hand in helping you to see the multitude of possibilities when it comes to your program’s Quality of Life Day.


Barbi Jones

Barbi Jones

Executive Director, Cabarrus Regional Chamber
Barbi Jones

Barbi Jones Details

Barbi Jones joined the Cabarrus Regional Chamber as executive director in April, 2016, bringing 15 years of nonprofit management in regional and local organizations, including United Way of Central Carolinas, Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County and Junior Charity League of Concord. She is a 2008 Leadership Cabarrus graduate and served on and chaired the LC Steering Committee for five years.

A native of Durham, NC, she holds a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her family love living in Concord, NC where they are actively engaged with a number of nonprofit and faith-based agencies.

Elizabeth McKee

Elizabeth McKee

Executive Director, Leadership Charlotte
Elizabeth McKee

Elizabeth McKee Details

Elizabeth McKee has led Leadership Charlotte for twelve years as Executive Director. Founded in 1978, Leadership Charlotte strengthens community leaders through inclusive leadership development. Elizabeth is a proud graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 25. During her interim, she has guided and facilitated the organization’s programs for over 1,000 leaders.

For the past nineteen years, she has worked as an educator and leader for non-profit organizations. As former Director of Leadership Initiatives at McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte, NC, she developed and implemented leadership curriculum programs for both undergraduate studies and MBA programs.

Her global perspective in community leadership inspired her to organize an international leadership experience in 2007 to Santiago, Chile, in partnership with Vertical, S.A., a global organization known for its experiential approach to leadership and team dynamics through adventure and outdoor activities. She continues to develop her own leadership skills with Vertical through travel and challenge. In 2012, Elizabeth trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp with Vertical and summited Mount Kilimanjaro with them in September 2017.

Elizabeth was honored by Mecklenburg County Bar with the Liberty Bell Award in May, 2015. In the same month, she was also chosen as one of Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women in the greater Charlotte area. She has also been nominated for the Athena Leadership Award (2012, 2017) and The Charlotte USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women (2010). She has continually participated in community leadership programs, including American Leadership Forum Charlotte Chapter (Class X) and the Innovation Institute with the McColl Center for Art & Innovation and the Women’s Leadership CORPs facilitated by Flynn Heath Holt.

A native of Lumberton, NC, Elizabeth received a B.A. from Elon University and an M.A. from Appalachian State University. Her vision is clear; “to connect and advocate for community both at the individual and collective levels.”

Jan Lowe

Jan Lowe

Program Manager, Leadership Asheville
Jan Lowe

Jan Lowe Details

After spending the majority of her career in Atlanta, Jan Lowe moved to Asheville in 2012 and began working with the Leadership Asheville program at UNC Asheville in 2014. In her capacity as program manager, she works hand-in-hand with volunteers to plan and execute LA class days, events, and community outreach programs.
Jan majored in history at Georgia Southern University, but began her career in the telecommunications industry where she was given the opportunity to work as a circuit design engineer, customer support manager and eventually as vice president of telecom audit operations. After almost 16 years in the industry, Jan and three others started a small firm focused on managing telecommunications services for small and medium size businesses. After selling that enterprise in 2000, she and another business partner began a small publishing company focused on guiding authors through the self-publishing world. It was while assisting those authors fulfill their dreams that Jan realized her real passion was helping others to succeed. Her work at Leadership Asheville allows her to feed that passion by helping to provide opportunities for community members to find their pathways to give back to our community.