Leadership Hickman leads the way to better leadership skills and networking

Well, it is that time of year again. We have begun putting together our 13th class for the Leadership Hickman program, which will be taking applications in August and will start in early September. Began in 1996 with the assistance of the Tennessee Economic & Community Development’s Three-Star Program, Leadership Hickman has graduated over 110 community and business leaders who live or work in Hickman County.

Leadership Hickman consists of one overnight retreat in September and eight topic-oriented, one-day seminars. The retreat provides structured exercises and presentations which explore theories of leadership and personal power, as well as decision-making through group discussion, analysis, and probing. The one-day seminars focus individually on a major area of community concern and explore the issue of leadership within the context of the day’s subject.

Each session is carefully designed to present a wide range of opinions and perspectives to encourage thoughtful discussion through lectures, panel presentations, and a variety of group activities. Participants are given the opportunity to explore controversial issues with leaders representing a broad range of community interests.

The goal of each day is to open the mind of each participant to the perspectives that surround each issue and, through thoughtful consideration of those perspectives, enable participants to become more visionary leaders in the community.

If you live or work in Hickman County and would like more information on the program, you may download a brochure or send us an email at leadership@hickmantn.org.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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