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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

This is part five of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. “I always thought what I thought was right and that everybody thought the same way as me. I’ve learned we can get to...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. There are varying creative or even practical ways to address a thing, whatever that thing is, that issue, that...
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...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

What I’ve gained through REDI are connections. If I need something here in my rural community, I’ve got someone I can call on. -Randolph Keaton On any given weekday, in an unassuming building on Dream Avenue, men and women face computer screens to fill out...