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Strategic Thinking on Community Leadership

March 27, 2017
2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific


Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch

FOCUS St. Louis

Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch Details

Dr. Akande-Bartsch has over 15 years of experience in designing and facilitating leadership training, development, and coaching programs. She has served as vice president of leadership and alumni programs for FOCUS St. Louis, senior director of civic education for the Cleveland Leadership Center and program director for the Cleveland Executive Fellowship. Prior to joining FOCUS, Dr. Akande-Bartsch was managing partner at YsA Group, a leadership training and development company based in Cleveland, Ohio. She was also a lecturer at The Boler School of Business and Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts at Ohio’s John Carroll University, and was the host of a weekly radio show called Making the Case on Cleveland’s WJCU 88.7 FM, which featured interviews on Leadership and Legacy. She also worked in the field of International education for many years.

Myra Goodman Smith

Leadership Metro Richmond

Myra Goodman Smith Details

Myra Goodman Smith is the President and CEO of Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR). Myra leads the region’s community leadership development and engagement organization, which has connected, prepared and inspired over 2000 community leaders. She has diverse non-profit management and leadership experience, directing many organizational and community-wide efforts as Vice President of United Way. Myra serves on the Boards of the Association of Leadership Programs, the Institute of Philanthropy at UR, VCU LEAD, the Jenkins Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association. Myra holds a BS degree in Urban Studies and Planning and a MPA from VCU.  

Ted Carroll

Leadership Greater Hartford

Ted Carroll Details

Ted Carroll is president of Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH), a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that supports and strengthens the local community by training and connecting aspiring and established leaders. Prior to joining LGH in 1986, Mr. Carroll served for five years as the executive director of Southend Community Services, now known as OPP.
His community leadership training expertise is well recognized, having served as the chairman of the Annual Conference for the Community Leadership Association in 1999 and again in 2002, president of this international organization from 2004-2005, and host for its annual conference held in Hartford in 2006. He has been a trainer and mentor for community leadership programs throughout the United States and beyond, including Ottawa, Canada, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.