For Miller Pease’s Rotary presentation, please view the video at here.
EVANSVILLE, Ind., September 7, 2016 – Leadership Evansville (LE) Chief Executive Officer Lynn Miller Pease spoke at yesterday’s meeting for Rotary Club of Evansville. Miller Pease spoke on the award-winning VOICE initiative and how it has had a transformation impact on the region and our community. Those present learned how about VOICE’s far-reaching impact – touching the lives of more than 250,000 people in Southwest Indiana – and invite the attendees to join the energizing work underway on numerous VOICE projects or even begin their own.
“When LE and Mayor Winnecke joined together to launch VOICE in 2012 as an inclusive way to enable citizens to envision their preferred future for Evansville, we couldn’t have predicted that in such amount of time we would’ve reached 250,000 people in our region,” said Miller Pease. “VOICE remains a force for positive change for a simple reason: it liberates thinking. VOICE is shifting the spirit of our community away from negativity and toward an inspired, ‘I can do this!’ attitude. One that motivates people of all ages and diverse backgrounds to roll up their sleeves, explore new ideas and create the kind of positive future they envision for Evansville. It’s changing their lives. VOICE created a culture that made it possible for all people to realize – If I can envision something our community wants or needs, we can do it!”
That kind of ongoing impact is earning VOICE praise and building the buzz. Two Indiana organizations recognized the unique public-private partnership for results created by its innovative approach. In the past year, LE earned the “Excellence in Innovation” award for VOICE from the Indiana Leadership Association. Next, the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) recognized The City of Evansville and LE for VOICE by naming the program a 2015 Community Achievement Award recipient at its annual meeting. Then, Miller Pease shared the remarkable VOICE story in her TEDx Talk to a rapt audience at the inaugural TEDxEvansville event.
The application of the rich data and information resulting from VOICE to inform regional planning and economic development activities takes its impact to another level. From the I-69 corridor development and Evansville’s in-process branding initiative to Southwest Indiana’s entry in the State’s Regional Cities Initiative and data usage in the Promise Zone designation, VOICE continues to benefit our region today and into the future. This and more will be part of the engaging presentations shared at the Monday, October 26th BAM Meeting at the Arts Council.
About Leadership Evansville
Leadership Evansville was founded in 1976 by a group of future-thinking local leaders, whose original commitment to community-wide betterment remains unique and strong. Leadership Evansville brings together people with different talents, gifts and perspectives and transforms these individuals into leaders who embrace the concept of community trusteeship and the collaborative process. They help develop in them an understanding of how today’s leaders function and teaches them the skills to apply this knowledge in provided real life opportunities through practice and performance. These attitudes, skills and processes are taught to adults, youth, organizations, not-for-profits, businesses, educational institutions, neighborhood associations, churches and other leadership programs. Learn more at www.leadershipevansville.org
VOICE on Social Media
Twitter: @EvansvilleVoice, @LeadershipEVV, #VOICEBuzz