July 30, 2019

Dear YLC alumni and friends:

I’m honored to be the YLC board chair for 2019-20 during a time of transition for our 34-year old nonprofit. We held a farewell reception for our long-time executive director Diane Hayes in June with more than 400 alumni, friends and supporters who came to celebrate her 24 years of service to YLC and the Nashville area nonprofit community. Diane’s impact will be long-lasting and her leadership and vision provided the foundation for an organization focused on preparing the future leaders in our community. Thousands of lives have benefited from this organization that was under her guidance since 1995. Presenting sponsor PNC Bank provided financial support to make the event as special as the woman it was celebrating, along with additional support from Synovus, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Grazing Nashville, Let It B Love and The Wedding Plate.

Native Nashvillian Lisa Shacklett stepped into the role of executive director on March 11 and we are excited for what she brings to the organization moving forward. During her tenure as assistant dean in the College of Business at Lipscomb University, Lisa was responsible for 420% graduate business enrollment increase and became an avid YLC supporter, when opening luncheons for YLC classes were hosted by the college. She earned a BS and MBA from Lipscomb University and is certified as a Predictive Index practitioner.

Thank you to those of you who donated to the Legacy Fund that was created this spring in Diane’s name so that we may continue to do the work Diane has done so well of training tomorrow’s leaders today. With our goal of raising $24,000 in Diane’s honor ($1,000 for every year she was Executive Director), we raised $27,041 from alumni, friends and corporate donors to put YLC in the best financial footing possible, all while honoring the time and energy Diane gave to the organization for more than two decades.

We are at a time where we remain steadfast in maintaining our commitment to our nonprofit partners, while evolving to provide the most robust program for participants to replenish the leadership base in the greater Nashville civic community.

Our future is bright.

Joshua Livingston (Class 60)
YLC Chair 2019-20
Hancock Whitney Bank

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