Maddy is honored to be a selected member of this year's "Leadership Jackson Hole" class. LJH is "a series of sessions and workshops for emerging and established leaders who wish to increase their leadership skills, knowledge and ability to participate in community issues," as stated on their Teton County home page.
Maddy applied for this year's class in the interest of gaining a better understanding of the political, social and economic outlay of her community and how the varied people comprising different roles within those sectors function, hopefully learning through that process how she best fits within a community web.
Another factor in Maddy's desire to be a part of LHG was her interest in meeting people from different walks of life, work and personality. Sometimes it's only too easy for "creative types" to be isolated from their comunities, but Maddy seeks to engage with hers so that she is better able to create relevant and poignant work.
Beginning this October 2015, Maddy's 26-member LJH class will meet once a month every month for a full day of leadership training and panel workshops. Leadership reading material assignments are required outside of class, and students are required to attend local Board meetings and expert panels several times a month between classes. In February the class travels to Cheyenne to meet state legislators and attend legislative hearings. After completing a "class project," the class graduates in May 2016.