Hillenbrand Community Leadership Series Continues

Posted by: Batesville Herald Tribune  | Jun 9, 2018

Each year, the Hillenbrand Community Leadership Series (HICLS) selects 20 individuals within the Batesville community to engage with other community leaders in strategic discussions focusing on continuing to build Batesville into an attractive place to live and work.

Class members are selected based on their significant community involvement and professional achievement; their demonstrated interest in community issues; willingness to expand their leadership role in the community; and the year’s class theme.

This year’s focus is “Seeing More.” Each session will be based on these sub-themes: "A Tale of Two Cities," "Diversity and Inclusion," "Placemaking" and "Arts and Culture." Each workshop is partnered with a strategy session during which the class is able to discuss issues facing the community and begin developing action items to help strengthen the city of Batesville. Participants will meet from June through January.

“Since its inception in 2016, the HICLS has played an important role in creating conversation and strategy around our community’s development,” said Tory Flynn, director of communications and public affairs for Hillenbrand. “As a company, we understand that strong communities play a vital role in building our workforce. The group is a catalyst for innovation and action, and we are fortunate to have these leaders willing to share their talents with our community.”

This year's class includes Steven Harmeyer, the city's community development director; Tim Dietz, Hill-Rom; Cheryll Obendorf, Genesis; Bruce Rippe, RomWeber; Melody Belcher, Safe Passage; Kevin McGuire, Enhanced Telecommunications Corp.; Molly Freeland, Batesville Main Street and B Inspired Yoga Studio; Lori Rennekamp, Bird in a Tree Boutique; Bertie Schmidt, Schmidt’s Bakery; Roberta Cook, Amack’s Well; Tim Mulligan, Nancy Liang, Jason Westrick and Erin Sweitzer, Hillenbrand; Kristy Burton Elliott, Cody Fedderman, Jeff Lewis, Chad Beetz and Olivia Welch, Batesville Casket; and Darci Powers, Rotex.