Leadership alumni connect
Since Leadership Evanston began in 1992, over 570 individuals have participated in its Signature and Encore Senior programs. Nearly 80% of them continue to live and/or work in Evanston — and continue to make an impact.
The Evanston Community Foundation keeps the alumni actively connected, and the alumni collaborate in many ways throughout Evanston.
In March 2014, alumni gathered at The Tap Room at Temperance Beer Co. for an engaging evening. Honored for their impact in Evanston were Leadership alumni Susan Trieschmann, Curt's Cafe; Adam Finlayson, Mary Adams Trujillo and Gay Riseborough, Grandmother's Park; and, Steve Newman, Evanston Scholars. Planned by a Leadership Evanston alumni committee, this annual event is a reunion for alumni and friends.
Periodically, additional educational and networking events are planned.
One of the primary goals of Leadership Evanston is to create a network of engage, facilitative and active leaders for our community. We help LE alumni stay in touch through a periodic alumni newsletter and a Facebook page. Share your news for the upcoming alumni newsletter.
Leadership shows itself in many ways in Evanston. For example, four of Evanston’s current nine aldermen are LE graduates: 2nd ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite (LE 00), 6th ward Alderman Mark Tendam (LE 04), 7th ward Alderman Jane Grover (LE 04), and 9th ward Alderman Coleen Burrus (LE 09).
In 2012, we honored seven graduates of the very first Leadership Evanston class of 1992-93. They felt Leadership Evanston gave them a solid, fundamental knowledge of the important issues and organizations in Evanston; a toolkit of ideas and techniques to work well with others to promote positive change; and a wonderful network of friends and colleagues who care about our community. Read the full story about the event and read stories about Leadership's impact in the community.