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FROM A.G. GASTON TO WILLIE NELSON

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From A.G. Gaston to Willie Nelson Discover the books, shows, and podcasts that are informing and inspiring alumni

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PAGING THROUGH THE PAST

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Paging Through the Past What were hot topics of discussion 27 years ago? Where did members visit, and whom did they meet? Let’s look back at a few memorable moments from the 1993-1994 directory: October 14: Education Day A session dedicated to education reform featured five school system superintendents; members of the city, county, and state boards of education; the president of the Alabama Education Association; principals; teachers; and a high school student. During dinner, Samuetta Nesbitt (’92), director of communication for the Birmingham Board of Education, presented the Principal of the Year award.

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A PIVOT AND A PREVIEW

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A Pivot and a Preview What does 2020-2021 hold for Leadership Birmingham? Of course, Leadership Birmingham isn’t immune to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like every other organization, we have redirected our path forward to help protect health and safety.

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IMPACT OF YLF

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“I Can Wholeheartedly Say That Day Changed My Life” Elise Turner Stockman illuminates the impact of Youth Leadership Forum on her career and classroom Then: Sophomore, Leeds High School; Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Class of 2013 Now: Third-grade teacher, Leeds Elementary School “I prepared for my YLF interview for weeks. My school counselor told me how great the program was and that it was selective.

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FINDING HER VOICE

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Finding Her Voice Andrea Smith reflects on the gift of perspective Andrea Smith (’12) recalls that her Leadership Birmingham group project was “all about preserving perspectives.” She and fellow members created a presentation in which they narrated stories from Birmingham’s civil rights movement. But many of the voices they featured weren’t the familiar ones from history books.

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COVID’S CRITICAL DECISIONS

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COVID’s Critical Decisions The unprecedented challenges of a pandemic have led to tough choices for many alumni. Mark Wilson (’13), Jefferson County’s health officer, and Bobbie Knight (’06), Miles College president, walk us through their most consequential decisions.

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WISDOM AND LAUGHTER

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Wisdom and Laughter Remembering Elise Penfield When Leadership Birmingham’s second executive director passed away in July, alumni recalled her passionate energy, high expectations, and ability to command a room and connect people. They also celebrated her warm smile, kindness and openness, and her quick wit.

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WORDS WITH FRIENDS

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Words with Friends Alumni continue a conversation about Birmingham’s challenges and opportunities A judge, a priest, a provost, a president, and a management consultant walk into a room. It sounds like the beginning of a funny story.

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Crossing the Digital Divide Speaker bios

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MARIOHN MICHEL Mariohn joined Breakthrough Birmingham in 2018 after working in urban and rural education spaces. She spent four years at a NYC school where she has been a data analyst, testing/program coordinator, social studies department chair, and teacher.

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Program Day Series

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VIRTUAL PROGRAM DAY SERIES Join Leadership Birmingham alumni for lively and engaging discussions on timely topics in a new Leadership Birmingham event series: each month, the virtual Program Day Series will feature experts and innovators to discuss critical issues and challenges we face. These events are free and open to any Leadership Birmingham alumni.

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