I entered the Leadership America program at a time that was critical in my career path. I had devoted my career to highly-localized community development, but later found myself craving a connection to a global perspective. Through the extraordinary curriculum and partnerships of Leadership America, I had the opportunity to engage with leaders across the country that were implementing better solutions for their organizations, their communities, and, most importantly, themselves. That time, combined with the thoughtful in-depth discussions facilitated by leadership experts, led me to make a critical shift in the work I pursue each day. Today I am fortunate to use the knowledge I gained to help cultivate economic investment in my city, while thoughtfully supporting the advancement of my company on a world stage.