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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

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...
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...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles go here. I heard ‘rural’ and I knew I had to attend because that’s what I’m all about. -Jesus Padilla Jesus Padilla remembers what it was like...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Kathryn Jenkins and Megan Reyes

Innovative Rural Leadership: Kathryn Jenkins and Megan Reyes

REDI was probably the best program I’ve ever been in. -Kathryn Jenkins Nearly a decade after Kathryn Jenkins moved to Murphy, North Carolina, from Georgia, she began to think of how she could give back to her community, strengthen its economy, and build upon the...