Why I Joined the Emerging Leaders Alliance
Member Megan Grimes Shares Why the ELA is Critical to Professional Development
My initial motivation to join the ELA was driven by my need to grow professionally, meet other young leaders, network with current regional leaders and engage in the community to the point where I make a difference. In less than a year’s time serving on the ELA, and much to my surprise, I found myself achieving everything I was looking for. Rather, I should say everything and more.
Nothing has been the same since my member application was approved and I was ELA-official. Since then, I’ve picked up several volunteer opportunities and met countless people in the community. I took on a huge role as Chair of the Living Fort Wayne Summer Concert Series, and was invited back next year for another round. I’m part of the founding grassroots committee for a program aimed to encourage high school students to explore and consider nontraditional employment opportunities. Finally, I participate in the ELA’s book club, attend numerous networking events and work with others to plan for future regional growth and tackle current obstacles.
So now not only am I a young professional with an awesome career, huge appreciation for local food and the best little family. I also work regularly with other young leaders, connect and learn from current leaders, sit on the ELA board as Secretary, participate in a book club, sit on multiple committees for local projects and volunteer for many local organizations, events and initiatives. All of this has led to my own personal and professional growth, direct relationship with regional organizations and leaders and the development of my number one goal of making a difference in my community.
By joining the ELA, I have surrounded myself with like-minded individuals who make up the most inspiring, collaborative and fun group of people I could have ever asked for. We push each other to greater potential, celebrate even the smallest of accomplishments and learn and grow to become better leaders. This opportunity to serve Northeast Indiana with my ELA team may have taken me way out of my comfort zone, but I’ll tell you one thing that’s for sure – I’m never going back.
- By ELA Member Megan Grimes