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Building on its legacy of community leadership, the Buckhead Coalition designed a one-time program named the Diplomatic Leadership Corps. This is a high-intensity, one-week introduction to business leadership, and in recognition of the Coalition’s 25th anniversary, 25 Buckhead-area residents in the 25-year age bracket have been invited to participate.
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Introduced by Coalition president and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, the initial day of the program consisted of the following presentations on civic service, public candidacy, mentoring, charity and ethics. Four days of academic training – consisting of the “Adaptive Leadership” program conducted by Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business – followed.
Upon completion, a graduation “Certificate Presentation” reception concluded the program. Coordinated by Coalition Director of Community Development Garth Peters, the Diplomatic Leadership Corps was budgeted at approximately $123,400 but provided free-of-charge to the applicants chosen.
“We attribute the success the Buckhead Community enjoys to leadership from all quarters – 41 neighborhood organizations, 34 religious congregations, 13 parent-teacher associations, 9 civic/service clubs and others,” Coalition Chairman Dave Fitzgerald said. “With this new class of 25, we provide insurance for the future.”
“I hope they will all start by getting involved as volunteers in the upcoming Atlanta City elections, which will be a good way to test the public-private partnerships studied,” Massell added.