Local leader accepted into Leadership Maine

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AUGUSTA – Joleen Bedard, executive director of United Way of Androscoggin County, has been chosen as a member of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program. Bedard was selected based upon:

• her personal concern about the future economic health and quality of life of Maine and a commitment to take actions that shape that future.

• demonstrating a capacity to lead at the statewide level; as well as a record of accomplishment within an organization and community endeavors.

Bedard holds an undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s degree from the University of Southern New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H. She resides in Turner with her husband, Glenn, and sons, Brian and Billy. Leadership Maine is a program of the Maine Development Foundation, which champions sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. The foundation stimulates new ideas, develops leaders and provides a common ground for solving problems and advancing issues.

It enables leaders to act, informs and guides policy decisions, advances the higher education and skills of workers and develops new approaches. The program educates its participants about what drives Maine’s economy, teaches them about different leadership styles and, through group project work, sets up a laboratory experience where each participant learns more about working collaboratively on a statewide issue. Each member is charged with creating an action plan on how they will make a difference at the end of their yearlong journey.

This year’s class represents 13 of 16 counties. Participants include community activists, business, government, education, health care and nonprofit leaders. With more than 575 graduates, this is the 15th class.

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