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Innovative Leadership Profiles

Innovative Leadership Profiles

For 30 years, leadership development has been at the core of the Rural Center’s mission. We know that thriving rural communities need leadership that is inclusive, connected, informed, and creative. We know leaders are not born fully formed. They are nurtured. They...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

“I always thought what I thought was right and that everybody thought the same way as me. I’ve learned we can get to ‘right’ all sorts of ways.” — Paula Swepson-Avery Paula Swepson-Avery had spent decades working for Broyhill Furniture in McDowell and Caldwell...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

Since 1989, more than 1,200 people have participated in the NC Rural Center’s flagship leadership program. REDI is a nine-day training held at the NC Rural Center on: March 17-19, April 21-23, and May 19-21, 2020. Application deadline is January 15, 2020. Click here...