LINCOLN – On February 21, 2019, the State Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska hosted a commencement ceremony in Lincoln to honor 29 individuals for their successful completion of the program’s coursework and other requirements.
This is Leadership Nebraska’s eleventh group of graduates since the program’s first class in 2007.
Leadership Nebraska is focused on enhancing leadership skills and expanding participants’ knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state. The program includes six two-day sessions held over several months in various locations across Nebraska. Topic areas include economic development, health care, agriculture, education, and government and policy.
By completing the program, informed leaders can better understand issues, define problems and develop solutions to serve their communities. Graduates of Leadership Nebraska are encouraged to seek positions of higher responsibility, whether at the local, regional or state level.
The Leadership Nebraska Class XI members who graduated this week are:
Anna Brewer, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Lincoln
Carley Bruning, Phelps County Development Corporation, Holdrege
Matthew Burke, First National Bank, Omaha
Linette Gralheer Butler, BD Construction, Kearney
Angela Davidson, Central Community College, Grand Island
Elizabeth Everett, First Five Nebraska, Lincoln
Mike Feeken, St. Paul Development Corporation, St. Paul
Sarah Focke, Kearney Visitors Bureau, Kearney
Peggy Hain, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
Erika Hamilton, Humanities Nebraska, Lincoln
Anne Hindery, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Omaha
John Hoggatt, First National Bank, Kearney
Sara Howard, Nebraska Legislature, Omaha
Darin Karstetter, Renaissance Financial, Omaha
Shawn Kaskie, University of Nebraska, Kearney
Noah Knisely, CHI Health, Omaha
Steve Konnath, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Omaha
Joseph Lang, Omaha Public Power District, Omaha
Marjorie Maas, SHARE Omaha, Omaha
Carsten Mlady, Nebraska Public Power District, York
James Mowitz, Pinnacle Bank, Lincoln
Sandra Reding, AKSARBEN Foundation, Omaha
Tyler Rigby, Nucor Steel Nebraska, Norfolk
Ryan Sevcik, Koley Jessen, P.C., L.L.O., Omaha
Leslie Shaver, Simmons Olsen Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O, Scottsbluff
Angela Simdorn, Hornady Manufacturing, Grand Island
Michael Venem, Fast Global Solutions, Auburn
Nicole West, Black Hills Energy, Papillion
Laurie Zagurski, Omaha Public Power District, Omaha
Applications for Leadership Nebraska's next class may be submitted until April 12, 2019.
For more information, please contact Roberta Pinkerton at (402) 474-4422 or visit www.leadershipnebraska.com.
On Feb. 7 at the State Chamber's Annual Meeting, Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a proclamation declaring February as "Chamber of Commerce Month" in Nebraska.
Presented to the leaders of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Executives (NCCE), the governor's proclamation states: "Chambers of commerce play a vital role in shaping Nebraska's future by promoting the free enterprise system" by providing leadership and fostering "an economic climate conducive to the growth and development of our great state."
Receiving the proclamation from Gov. Ricketts were NCCE Chair Denise Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as NCCE Advisory Council Chair John Hales, vice president of the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corp.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its annual meeting in Lincoln.
At the Chamber's morning board of directors' meeting, board members reviewed 2019 state legislation and acted on "support" and "oppose" recommendations made by the Chamber's policy councils. Gov. Pete Ricketts spoke at the luncheon, which honored local chambers of commerce from across the state.
The afternoon featured a panel of experts who discussed the state's workforce challenge and current economic conditions; another panel spotlighted federal issues that could affect Nebraska. The third panel -- the traditional Legislative Leaders panel -- featured Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer, as well as Senators Curt Friesen and John Stinner, all of whom addressed the current challenges facing the Unicameral.
During the evening hours, approximately 500 attended the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame Banquet, which featured the passing of the gavel from 2018 State Chamber Chairman Rich Herink, market executive for First National Bank, to 2019 Chamber Chairman Todd Foje, the CEO of Great Plains Communications in Blair.