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in Lowndes County


Inspiring & Equipping Leaders

in Lowndes County


Enriching Our Community

in Lowndes County


We Build & Support Leaders That Enrich Lowndes County

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What Our Members Say

Leadership Lowndes is easily one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It opened my eyes to parts of our community I’d never seen and gave me the tools to better serve areas of need. The program made me think critically about how I approach leadership and helped me understand the nuances of leading and following depending on the situation. The friendships I’ve made and the lessons learned will stay with me forever.

Jessica Catlett | Class of 2017Valdosta-Lowndes Parks & Recreation

"Leadership Lowndes introduced me to Lowndes County from a whole new perspective. While I have family roots here, I grew up in Atlanta and when I moved back to Valdosta, it was LL that introduced me to the community in an objective way."

Trey Taylor | Class of 2006Taylor Insurance Services & Trinity | Blue Consulting

"Going into Leadership Lowndes, I honestly thought I could not become more connected in our community. When asked to participate, my plate was extremely full! I am so thankful I said yes, because Leadership Lowndes forced me to step out of my daily routine and see a broader view of what our community has to offer. It also allowed me to meet and spend time with professionals from such a diverse background. I am extremely thankful for the contacts and relationships I made through Leadership Lowndes."

Suzan Prince | Class of 2013

"Leadership Lowndes was the jump start which honed in on the leadership skills I was unaware I possessed. It also exposed me to experiences and industries I did not even know existed, after being born and raised in Lowndes County. It opened my eyes to opportunities well within my reach."

Amy Carter | Class of 1997Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development

"Leadership Lowndes truly opened my eyes up to another side of Valdosta, there was so many organizations in Valdosta that helped people with many various needs that I didn’t even know existed. I now have a broader view of support needed in the community and I’m able to help on a larger scale."

Chad Pigford | Class of 2015Pepsi Beverages Company

Leadership Lowndes has helped me learn more about my community, by providing access behind the scene. The visits to organizations across the community opened doors that otherwise would not have been available to me. The tours provided insight and a level of understanding on the overall impact and daily contributions in Valdosta-Lowndes County. The LL program also allowed more in-depth knowledge for me as a leader to further promote our community, engage Georgia Power employees, as well as our employee volunteer organization. Personally, I am a better leader because LL delivered a solid program generating excitement and the desire to make an even great difference. I gained more than I could have ever imagined and continue to encourage others to engage in the program.

Audrey King | Class of 2013Regional Director at Georgia Power Company

"Leadership Lowndes was a great experience to learn more about Lowndes County and meet great leaders (and friends) from different backgrounds. LL made me more aware of what the community has to offer and I feel I always have a connection in the community."

Caila Anderson | Class of 2015Marketing & PR Consultant

Leadership Lowndes was an incredibly rewarding experience both for the personal connections I made and the in-depth knowledge of the community that I gained. Both of these aspects made me better prepared to take an active role in the community, and the relationships have been invaluable in my work life.

Jennifer Hattaway Denham | Class of 2005Scintilla Charter Academy

Leadership Lowndes taught me one of the true essentials of being a leader. “To effectively lead you must first know how to effectively follow.” When you are in a class of 30 influential leaders within your community everyone cannot be “in-charge.” I have learned the essence of listening, following and leading. Thanks to Leadership Lowndes, I am a better servant to my community, profession and employees.

Freddie Broome | Class of 2015Valdosta City Fire Chief

Leadership Lowndes was one of the most rewarding opportunities of my life. As a native of Lowndes County, I thought I had an idea of most everything happening in our community, but LL showed me things I had never knew existed in our community and I am forever grateful for the experience. Class of 2017 Best Class Ever!

Meghan Barwick | Class of 2017Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority

LL has really opened my eyes that I had just been living here all of my life and not really paying attention to things that are really happening. A true servant leader is defined as the endless opportunities to make a difference no matter where you are from and the realization that there are a vast majority of resources and great people to get things accomplished.

Johnny Henry, Jr. | Class of 2018Valdosta Fire Department

Leadership Lowndes was a great experience for me professionally and personally. I was able to work with people from all walks of life and experiences and they pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. I still keep in touch with some of my classmates (2012) and have been afforded the opportunity to learn more about different organizations and to give back! Leadership Lowndes taught me a new way of thinking from a leadership role and opened opportunities for me to explore leadership opportunities.

Sharah Denton | Class of 2012Professional Case Management Services of America, Inc.

Leadership Lowndes taught me that there is always a Who to help solve every How? When you connect the right people with the right problem, you get the right result. Leadership Lowndes helps make those connections for the betterment of our community.

JD Dillard | Class of 2017Southern Georgia Regional Commission

Leadership Lowndes is an eye-opening program and has renewed my belief that Lowndes County is a great place to live, work, and play. I met some wonderful like-minded community leaders through Leadership Lowndes that I now call friends, and I know I can call on anyone of them at any time. I also feel the Leadership Lowndes program breathes life into our community and creates positive momentum for change and progress.

Courtney Gooding | Class of 2017Bush Wealth Management

Leadership Lowndes was a wonderful experience for me. Going through the program gave me great awareness of all of the great leaders that make our city and state a great place to live. The experience was unforgettable and I look forward to helping our community become even more greater.

Tiffany Stewart | Class of 2016CJB Industries

I've always worked in external positions in Lowndes County, and I've been very active in my congregation, The Rotary Club, and other organizations. I really did think I knew most everything about the community. Leadership Lowndes opened my eyes to the depth of diversity of our residents, our businesses and industry, and our state and local governments. Likewise, I've met some of my best lifelong friends through this amazing program.

Kerry Morris | Class of 2014Valdosta State University

News & Updates

May 3, 2019

Spring 2019 Newsletter is Here!

April 15, 2019 in Current Class

Group 5 Announces Fundraiser Benefitting 90Works

May 18, 2019 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM Grassy Pond   The Rifle Competition will consist of completing an obstacle course before shooting. The Pistol Shoot is a standard “stand…
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February 22, 2019 in Current Class, News

Legislative Day 2019 Sponsors

The 2019 Leadership Lowndes class would like to thank our sponsors for 2019 Legislative Day: CJB Industries, Coleman Talley LLP, Bush Wealth Management, Synovus, Renasant Bank, and Georgia Grown. Without you, our class wouldn't be able…
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January 29, 2019 in Current Class

Class of 2019 Getting To Know Lowndes County and Beyond

The new Leadership Lowndes class is underway as a fresh group of existing and emerging leaders embark on a year of learning and serving.  The class of 2019 kicked off…
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November 19, 2018 in LYLL, News

Board Announces Lowndes Youth Leadership League Class of 2019

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the Lowndes Youth Leadership Class of 2019. “It’s always tough to choose the new class members in each class and this year…
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