When you hear about Leadership Knoxville, you always hear about building relationships. In fact, part of the mission statement says the organization is designed to “expand community connections into lifetime friendships.” Well, in the case of the Leadership Knoxville Class of ’93, it has worked out pretty well.
The Class of ’93, of which I am a member, gathered for the 28th time this past weekend for its annual fall party. The only two years we’ve missed were 2020 and 2021. For obvious reasons.
“Everything Leadership Knoxville aims to do is focused on the ‘art of gathering’ and the Class of 1993 has mastered it!” said Tammy White, Leadership Knoxville’s president and CEO. “It’s incredible that they held their 28th class party on Sunday and only missed two years due to the pandemic. We hope more LK classes take their lead to come back together.”
Leadership Knoxville was founded in 1984 and, since that time, more than 1,300 community leaders in the business, government and non-profit sectors have completed the 10-month flagship program.
To be sure, the members of the Leadership Knoxville Class of ’93 really like each other and enjoy being together. But I think the delicious food also makes this party one to look forward to year after year. Our plan each year is simple.
We pick a class member’s home (this year, it was mine and Alan Carmichael’s condo in the J.C. Penney Building) and ask every member to bring either a soup, a salad, an appetizer or a dessert. One of the non-cooks usually brings bread. Everyone brings their own libations. It’s easy, fun and delicious.
We encourage the other classes to do as Tammy urged: get back together!
Can’t wait until next year!