New “Initiative” program seeks input on ways to make a stronger community impact

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Connect, the young professionals program of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, is actively soliciting ideas from Huntsville/Madison County’s many non-profits on things they need to be successful and provide services to their stakeholders.

This call is part of Connect’s new “Initiative” program element.

Harrison Diamond, Chair for Connect Class 20, said Initiative is just one way the volunteer program committee is trying to revamp Connect.

“For the past 19 classes, we’ve had projects,” explains Diamond. “We’ve had some successes come out of these, but not the impact we really wanted. With the Initiative, we are taking a market-based approach to identifying real issues facing our community and providing solutions to help solve those problems.”

The areas of focus for the class are:

  • Education/Youth
  • Healthcare
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Young Professionals
  • Environment
  • Entrepreneurship/Local Business

“Our goal is to have Class 20 learn lessons in servant leadership through the Initiative,” said Andrew Gipner, a volunteer with the program and the lead on the Initiative. “They’ll be given a real problem and tasked with solving it. We think this will not only help the class members, but also help worthy non-profits. It’s the ultimate win-win.

The deadline to apply is August 25th.

Interested non-profits should contact Danielle R. Barnes, Program Director at Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, or e-mail The application can be found here:

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