Class of 2011 alumni showing their class pride

Letter from our Board of Trustees President Andrea Settles

Happy Holidays LSS Alumni,

Moving through my first year as President of Leadership Sandy Springs, I have seen so many ways our organization fills needs. This is the time of year we are grateful for what we have and thankful for what we can share.

I have seen Leadership Sandy Springs open so many doors for both our adult and youth alumni. Connections are made that might not have happened otherwise. I know I have friendships with many of you that I am pretty sure I would not have met if it were not for LSS.

Please help our organization to continue to provide the useful programs and events that are stepping stones for career growth and personal fulfillment.  Your annual donation enables us to provide knowledge, connections and commitment to guide our community nonprofits.

I am confident each of you has a story to tell--what Leadership Sandy Springs did for you.  Please consider those great memories and help us to continue to follow our mission to develop and connect our future leaders.

YLSS Director to Retire 

After seven remarkable years as Director of YLSS, Polly Warren is retiring at the end of this 2018 class year.  Polly took the helm of YLSS at inc eption and worked diligently to develop ALL program elements.   She brought YLSS to life through her incredible energy and creativity.  

We owe Polly a great debt of gratitude for all she's done for YLSS and wish her the very best as she enjoys more time to travel and pursue her goal of learning Spanish through immersion in Mexico.
We are accepting applications for the Director's half-time position.  If any alumni or other applicants are interested in the position, please email   director@leadershipsandysprings.org   for the job description.

Mix 'n Jingle
Our holiday tradition continued as Mix 'N Jingle marched through Sewell Appliance Showroom.  Delicious tastings greeted 100+ LSS alumni from Hearth, Il Giallo, Southern Bistro, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, Emidio's Restaurant, Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Breadwinner Cafe and Bakery.  
Please thank them when you go to their restaurants.   Happy Holidays!

Donation Drive #DonateLSS2017

Why give to Leadership?  You enable us to educate leaders, develop alumni events, and connect our community.  Help us reach our  goal!

Contribute to LSS to help support our adult and youth programming and special events.  Your tax deductible donation helps provide the leadership needed to build a better Sandy Springs

Human Services Day - Joint Class

(Above) Class of 2018 members George Bushey and Adell Henderson, left, and Betty Klein, right, listen as YLSS student Lizzie Frederick presents their group's findings.
(Right) Another group collaborates to prepare findings from their research
Our LSS/YLSS joint program day had the adult and youth visiting service sites in and around the city.  They got a taste of what it is like to be in need, the challenges it presents and some of the ways civic and nonprofit organizations can offer assistance.  
Thanks to Campbell Stone Sandy Springs and the Community Assistance Center for hosting!

Nominations for Class of 2019 

LSS Adult Class 
Please let us know who you think is a worthy candidate for our program.  For the last few years the nominating committee has had to turn down many applicants.  Your endorsement carries weight, and helps us put together the next outstanding class. Nominate an individual here.

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs
Be on the lookout mid-January for applications as Youth Leadership Sandy Springs seeks its eighth class of emerging community leaders.  Applications for the 2018-19 class will be on the YLSS web page by January 15.  To be eligible for YLSS, students must be rising sophomores and juniors who either live or go to school in Sandy Springs.

Youth Leadership  at City Hall for  City Government Day
Sandy Springs City Councilman John Paulson helps YLSS students Akasha Hayden and Sammy Rosner with city management board game Boom or Bust
"The fate of the city is in your hands" was the charge to players of a new board game called Boom or Bust, developed for YLSS students for their city government program day in October. The day featured the new game, designed to teach students how the city manages money. 
While visiting Sandy Springs Police Department headquarters, students gained a sense of the complexity of developing a city budget and the challenge of being frugal with citizens' money while remaining responsive to the community's needs. 
The game was jointly created by YLSS director Polly Warren and two Youth Advisory Board members and YLSS alumnae Madeleine Sibert and Rachel Carlson.  

Alumni Spotlight 
Carroll receiving the 2017 Altrusa District Spirit award for her outstanding community service and involvement.
Remembering Carroll Myers (Class of 2002)

Carroll Myers, a beloved and dedicated Leadership Sandy Springs alumna, passed away in October of 2017. Many friends have shared how she worked tirelessly for numerous community organizations, one of them of course was LSS, for which she was a frequent volunteer.  In addition to serving as an ambassador, Carroll participated on the planning committees of two LSS signature events: Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs day and Movies by Moonlight.  Often a quiet presence working behind the scenes, Carroll was known for getting the job done, whether it was securing permits from the city or working the back of the concessions stand.
Born and raised in VA, Margaret Carroll Myers  Read More

Save the Date - Live Learn Lead 2018!

Mark your calendars for Feb. 22 so you can participate in our fourth annual Live Learn Lead: Civil Discourse in Our Community.  The  three-hour event will feature these confirmed panelists: Saxby Chambliss (retired United States Senator); Teya Ryan (President and CEO of Georgia Public Broadcasting); Lee Rhyant (retired Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin) and John Pruitt (retired WSB-TV news anchor as our moderator).  
Join us for this important conversation!

12@12 Tour of New City Springs with City Manager John McDonough

Why donate to LSS each year?  Because it puts you on the list to attend our exclusive 12@12 program that began last year--l unch with a local CEO for 12 lucky donors! 
Our October 12@12 featured a private lunch and tour of City Springs given by City Manager John McDonough.
Watch for the next event some time in the new year. 

Mark Your Calendars for Evening with the Mayor

Join us for this exclusive event for LSS alumni at Newell Brands: 
January 11, 2018 at 6pm
6655 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd.
Alumni get a private audience with Mayor Paul, hearing his thoughts and asking him our questions.  
Free to all alumni, $10 for guests.  
Register  here .  

Alumni Updates

Let us know when LSS Alumni are promoted or receive recognition so we can share with everyone.

Elaine Bryan (2009)
- n ow chairs the Elaine Bryan Foundation, serves as an Ambassador for the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce, is a Real Estate Broker and President of Global Education Consultants Group. Additionally she serves on the board of Corporate Commons in Sandy Springs, and is a Registered Microsoft Education Partner and judge for the Washington, D.C. Congressional APP Challenge Competition.
Christopher Russ (2009)is working now as the Project Management for Secureworks.  
Rita Paris (2011)
- On October 1, Rita relocated with Stewart Title Guaranty Company from the Atlanta Commercial Services in Sandy Springs, GA to the STGC Tampa Commercial Services, continuing as Office Manager. Her  email and cell phone numbers remain the same.  Her new home address is:  16157 Amethyst Key Dr., Wimauma, FL    33598, located near Apollo Beach.

Charlie Chung (2012) - is working for  the Small Business Digital Marketing group for UPS in Sandy Springs. He also recently moved to the Branches neighborhood so now, he reports, he lives, works, and plays in Sandy Springs!  His new home address is  7000 Hunters Knoll, Dunwoody, Ga  30328. 

Jesse Bernard (2017) - was named Firefighter of the Year by the Dunwoody-Sandy Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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