Hildene program director graduates from leadership institute

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VERGENNES — Stephanie Moffett Hynds of Arlington, the program director of Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, has graduated from the Vermont Leadership Institute, the Snelling Center for Government has announced.

As a participant in the Vermont Leadership Institute, Moffett Hynds joined 21 other leaders from around the state for eight overnight sessions, beginning in September 2019.

"The Class of 2020 had an unusual year with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with creativity, flexibility and adaptability, the cohort successfully finished the year after sessions were initially postponed in the spring," the Snelling Center said.

The Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 was held on Aug. 29 at Basin Harbor in Vergennes with a keynote address by Xusana Davis, executive director of racial equity for the State of Vermont. Davis spoke about the principles of leadership and encouraged the graduates to remember their unique learnings from VLI and use that to guide their work going forward.

The Vermont Leadership Institute was created in 1995 with the goal of stimulating citizen enthusiasm for and participation in public service. VLI associates engage in intensive assessment and self-reflection, learn from both each other and an esteemed faculty, and become immersed in some of the most important issues facing Vermont.

Session themes include personal leadership adaptation, complex system thinking and innovation, and leadership paradigms that actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion for all Vermonters.



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