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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
Chad Ferman, Vice Chair
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
Marina Keers, Treasurer
Hendricks County Senior Services
Amy Watson, Secretary
Hendricks Power Cooperative
Jason Speckman, Immediate Past-Chair
Colliers International
Tracey Shafer
Danville Community School Corporation
Emily Biehn
Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co.
Kevin Speer
Hendricks Regional Health
Marvin Blade
Duke Energy
Byron Stevens
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Jon Nolan
Nolan Security & Investigations
Chris Tincher
Chick-fil-A of Avon
Lesley Rhoden
Kemper CPA Group LLP
 Marlon Webb
The Veridus Group
Jack Sadler
Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department


Adult Class

A new class of 25 to 30 participants is selected each year from a list of applicants. In January, they participate in an opening retreat, at which they learn more about themselves, leadership styles, history of the county and the current county-wide challenges and opportunities. In addition, they are self-assigned to a Team Capstone project that addresses a current need.

Each month they meet for a full day as a group to learn more about a facet of life in Hendricks County, everything from the educational system to how the county jail operates. In November, they convene for a closing retreat to review what they’ve learned and present their Team Capstone projects.

Along the way, they learn that leaders are amongst us everywhere. They are ordinary citizens who step up to help their communities, churches, nonprofit organizations and workplaces accomplish what needs to be done. And upon graduating, they become part of an ever-growing network of local leaders serving Hendricks County.

View photos here.

Youth Class

In 1998, a similar program for high school sophomores called Youth Leadership Hendricks County (YLHC) was launched. The primary purpose of YLHC is to develop leadership potential, foster civic awareness, promote responsible volunteerism, and encourage young leaders to make a lifelong commitment to the Hendricks County community.

The youth program is designed for high school sophomores and its schedule aligns with the academic school calendar. Five students from each of the county’s six public high schools and a few students from private and/or home schools are chosen for the program. Class sessions focus on leadership skills and the many components of life in Hendricks County, e.g., government, business, agriculture, public safety, and infrastructure.

YLHC application information here.

Leadership Hendricks County is a not-for-profit organization that is funded through participant’s fees, corporate generosity, an annual golf outing, and other donations from those in the community who recognize the value of investing in emerging leaders.

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