NASHVILLE – Leadership Donelson-Hermitage, a leadership development organization for those who live or work in the Donelson, Hermitage or Old Hickory areas, celebrated its 20th anniversary recently and unveiled a new name and a revised mission.
L’Evate: A Leadership Community is the rebranded name, and the revised mission is to serve business professionals within a greater geographic footprint.
“Leadership Donelson-Hermitage has done so much for so many people in our community since its founding in 1999, and that so much has changed many lives,” said Deann Bradford, executive director of L’Evate. “Many are able to live, work, play and raise families in a community that they have had a hand in creating, growing and prospering. With the influx of new opportunities in Nashville – those in business, education, health care, education and recreation – the new name and expanded service area will allow this organization to grow even more in the next 20 years.”
The name change was unveiled during a 20th anniversary celebration for alumni. Nearly 150 attended the event at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.
Since its founding in 1999, L’Evate helped to provide leadership development for more than 550 business professionals. L’Evate is also home to the Modern, Mature and Motivated or M3 program, which serves to give active senior adults the opportunity to impact the community, as well as Youth Excelling in Learning Leadership, which gives high school juniors the opportunity to explore business and career opportunities for their future. The expanded services lines for L’Evate include parts of Antioch and City Side, the area on Lebanon Road that connects Donelson to downtown Nashville. Bradford expects the business professionals in the extended boundaries to be excited about the new opportunities afforded them by the changes.
L’Evate, formerly known as Leadership Donelson-Hermitage, aligns business and community leaders to learn, interact and engage with the Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory communities and beyond. Program participants benefit from leadership training, skill and relationship building and networking opportunities to create leaders for a lifetime. Its mission is to enhance leadership abilities, foster opportunities and improve the quality of life in the community. Since its founding in 1999, more than 550 leaders have graduated from the program. For more information, visit levate.org.