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Meet Kadie

Guided by her core values of human dignity, knowledge, justice, equity, and service, Dr. Kadie Hayward Mullins is recognized for her commitment to building strategic, data-driven, and human-centric solutions to our communities’ greatest challenges. Whether she is finding donors to support after-school programs or orchestrating grant proposals, Kadie leverages her roles in the community to produce partnerships for real results. She considers it a privilege serves as a board leader for several government and nonprofit organizations, living by the philosophy that one should leave a place (and a person) better than they found it (a Girl Scout for life!).

Kadie is dedicated to shaping future changemakers and empowering others, especially those from marginalized and underserved communities, through mentorship and quality instruction and educational policies. A professor of leadership and education, she also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Research for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Kadie is a voracious reader, (very slow) runner, and (aspiring) ballroom dancer. A Florida native, she enjoys exploring all that her home state has to offer with her partner and daughter.

Kadie was a 2017 Fellow and is entering her second year as the New Leaders Council - Orlando Co. Director. 

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The Most Important Government

By Jason Lawrence, NLC Orlando, 2017

Gridlock in Washington and in state capitals, now spanning two decades, has led to frustration, and increasing levels of apathy among young voters across the political spectrum.

But the mindless squabbles among Baby Boomers, and “Gen Z” shouldn’t be a deterrent in organizing your coalition, whoever that may include, around getting things done. That’s because the most effective and responsive level of government is right in your backyard.

Civics coursework, in high school and even in college, woefully gloss over the power of local governments, and the elected officials and experienced administrators who turn the most transformative ideas into actual public policies.

In fact, each of the major policy changes witnessed by our generation –  from criminal justice and drug policy reform, civil liberties for LGBTQA’s, and most recently gun control –  saw their genesis in City Halls around the Country.

As Americans grow more eager to chart a clear course forward for their country, it’s important to know that City Hall does more than just deliver basic services to our communities, such as clean water, and garbage collection. The work of local government official including Mayors, City Commissioners, and City Managers, and the citizens to whom they are entrusted has always been the framework public policy at the national level. It is absolutely the most part of American government and democracies everywhere. 

So, turn off CNN, MSNBC and Fox News to escape temporarily from the echo chamber of national politics. Tune in to your local government access channel if you’re truly invested in creating a better world. Find out the date of the next City Commission meeting. Contact your Mayor and City Manager to schedule a meeting on issues in your neighborhood.  Inquire about the next public meeting on your City or County’s annual budget, in which you’ll truly learn about the trajectory of your community. 

Do this because such as with any positive change you wish to evoke in the world around you, it always starts at home.

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You Are Not Alone, the first article in a series on the RAISE family caregivers act, was recently published in The New Leader. The series, authored by New Leaders Council - Orlando Co. Director Usha Tewari (pictured left), provides a unique perspective on Alzheimer’s disease and its potent implications on our fragile health care system. 

Calling upon her own personal experiences as a caregiver and sharing her passion for the cause, Tewari describes the nature of life as a caregiver, the fundamentals of a successful bi-partisan effort passed earlier this year and signed into law, the RAISE family caregivers act, and outlines what you should be looking out for in the future.

Check out Usha Tewari’s recent article today!

You can learn more about The New Leader and  contribute your own pieces by contacting the editorial team.  

 

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Gregory Eisenberg, one of Orlando's 2018 Fellows, was recently recognized by his alma mater, University of Central Florida, as a recipient of their 30 Under 30 Award. The 30 Under 30 Awards program recognizes outstanding young alumni who strive for greatness in their professional and personal lives. In its fourth year, the 30 Under 30 Awards program seeks to connect young alumni to the University of Central Florida community. 

The awards are sponsored by the UCF Young Alumni organization which looks for nominees who embody scholarship, boldness, trailblazing, generosity, and resilience. 

Gregory is the CEO/Founder of The Commission on Local Debates and the Executive Director of Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida. He received his degree from the College of Undergraduate Studies at UCF in 2013.

Please join us in congratulating Gregory on this outstanding accomplishment and learn more about the award and is fellow winners

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