Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Growing Local Leadership and Surviving the Process: Wisdom from the Front Lines


Early Bird Session Leaders: Lynn Tatum and Joe Crawford

What does it take to organize and lead the work of developing local leadership? How do you reach out to folks from throughout the community and build common cause? What are some of the tricky issues that folks may want to know about as they begin this work? And just how do you sustain your own spirit and enthusiasm as you face the work?

Joe Crawford and Lynn Tatum have been building and promoting successful local leadership for their Kentucky communities for a number of years. They will be on hand to share the stories and wisdom from what they’ve learned, and attendees will be encouraged to share as well.

This session will feature specific topics chosen for relevance by participants, and there will be plenty of time for discussion and sharing. Join an engaging exploration of what it takes to build a local leadership program, while thriving in the process.


Lynn Tatum is Director of Rockcastle County Development Board, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for county residents. She is also Facilitator of Leadership Rockcastle, a local leadership program which has graduated classes for the past twelve years. Many county projects have been completed with the help of Leadership Rockcastle graduates.

Joe Crawford has been Executive Director of Estill Development Alliance for more than a decade, working on numerous community and economic development initiatives. He helped to organize and continues to facilitate Leadership LEAP (Learn, Empower, Attain, Progress), a leadership development program involving 6 counties that is now in its 7th year and has over 70 graduates.

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