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Community Transformation through Excellence in Innovation

October 23, 2017
2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific

Don't miss hearing from the most recent recipients of ALP's Excellent in Innovation Award! In this webinar format, Leadership Evansville and Leadership Rhode Island will inspire us by sharing what they have and are doing to transform their communities.


Lynn Miller Pease

Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Evansville, Inc

Lynn Miller Pease Details

Lynn has a passion for diversity, servant leadership, and the collaborative process. As Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Evansville, Inc., she develops servant leaders to transform communities, with the support of her board of directors, staff, alumni, and volunteers. Lynn has more than 20 years of experience in facilitation, leadership development, civic engagement, and visioning for strategic action. A tireless community advocate, Lynn has received numerous honors for her work promoting fairness, inclusion and respect for all. She was awarded the 2011 ATHENA Award and honored as one of the YWCA''s 100 Women in 100 Years.

Mike Ritz

Mike Ritz, Executive Director Leadership Rhode Island, RI mritz@leadershipri.org

Mike Ritz Details

Over the past 25 years, Mike served as a Tri-lingual interrogator in the U.S. Army, established his first corporation by the age of 25, motivated people to excel at his fitness Boot Camps, and served as the New England Regional Manager for an international healthcare company based in the United Arab Emirates. A former on-call analyst for CNN, Mike has been interviewed hundreds of times for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. He has participated in nine documentaries in the past 15 years; "Songs of War" won an International Emmy.

Mike is in his eighth year as the Executive Director of Leadership Rhode Island. Under his leadership, LRI has received many accolades to include the Excellence in Public Service Award by Common Cause RI, the National Innovation Award by the Association of Leadership Programs (twice), two Community Outreach Awards by the RI Press Association in partnership with The Providence Journal and Rhode Island College, a 2017 Drucker Institute Prize semifinalist, and was recently recognized by Gallup as an inspiration for the "15 million and growing" global strengths movement.

In a volunteer capacity, Mike was appointed by the Department of Defense as the RI State Chairman for the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) in 2012. Accepting a second term as state Chairman, Mike simultaneously served as the national Chair of the Executive Advisory Subcommittee and, within the first year, successfully spearheaded the evolution of the subcommittee into the first national Board of Directors with charter and bylaws, as adopted by all 54 Chairs of every state. In this new structure Ritz was elected Strategic Vice Chair.

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