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Since 1993, Leadership Hendricks County, Inc. (LHC) has given citizens the leadership tools and county-wide information they need to take on effective leadership roles. LHC is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The generous support of corporations and individuals enables LHC’s continued service to the county, its people, and employers by offering top-notch leadership and engagement programs for current and emerging leaders.

  • MISSION: To seek, prepare, involve and sustain leaders from diverse backgrounds to address community and countywide changes.
  • VISION: To develop quality leaders serving Hendricks County and west central Indiana.
  • CORE VALUES: We believe that leaders define the strength of the community. We believe in lifelong learning, developing and empowering leaders to succeed, and equipping leaders to serve the community.

2021 Board of Directors

Cassie Mecklenburg, Chair

Sheltering Wings

Marina Keers, Treasurer

Hendricks County Senior Services

Jason Speckman, Immediate Past-Chair

Colliers International

Emily Biehn

Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co.

Marvin Blade

Duke Energy

Jon Nolan

Nolan Security & Investigations

Lesley Rhoden

Kemper CPA Group LLP

Jack Sadler

Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department


Chad Ferman, Vice Chair

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Amy Watson, Secretary

Hendricks Power Cooperative

Chris Hurley

TKO Graphix

Kevin Speer

Hendricks Regional Health

Byron Stevens

Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Chris Tincher

Chick-fil-A of Avon

Marlon Webb

The Veridus Group


Adult Class

Since 1993, LHC has sharpened the leadership skills and deepened the community knowledge of nearly 700 local adults from the private, public, and civic sectors through an eleven-month program designed to:

  • help participants acquire an understanding of the critical issues affecting the county.
  • develop the leadership and stewardship capabilities needed to resolve those issues.
  • create a strong network among participants from different backgrounds and diverse interests.
  • provide participants with access to the region’s current top leadership.
  • inspire participants to address community challenges producing visible, positive change.

Every year, LHC selects between 25 and 30 existing and emerging leaders through a competitive application process. By assembling diverse classes of corporate executives, entrepreneurs, educators, non-profit managers, and public servants, the program creates interactions that deepen the community’s talent pool of leaders, bridges gaps between sectors, and encourages creative solutions to pressing issues.

Participation has inspired LHC alumni to launch new non-profit agencies, start businesses, and run for political offices. They’ve taken on challenging new roles for their employers, served on hundreds of elected and civic boards, and provided thousands of hours of volunteer work for local non-profits.

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Leadership Development Series

The Leadership Development Series is a series of half-day workshops offered throughout the year focused on leadership skill development. Participants hear from experts in leadership and participate in engaging and timely leadership topics readily applicable to the workforce. The workshops are open to all and are beneficial to those in any level of leadership: from leading self to leading an organization. For more information on the current series, click below.

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