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When: Monday, April 18, 2016
Where: Nebraska Innovation Campus
2021 Transformation Dr
Lincoln, NE 

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Annual Celebration of Community Leadership

Location:Nebraska Innovation Campus (2021 Transformation Dr.)
  • 11:00am Doors Open

  • 11:30am Lunch

  • 12:00pm Program

  • 1:00pm Adjourn

Long-time community supporters and advocates, Dick and Senator Kathy Campbell are the honorary chairs for Leadership Lincoln’s “Annual Celebration of Community Leadership.” The event will feature Jessica Shortall, a global social entrepreneur and former Director of Giving for TOMs shoes, sharing her message of “The Hard Work of Doing Good Well.” We will also recognize this year's winners for the Melvin W. Jones Mentoring Award and the Bud Cuca Servant Leader of the Year Award.

“Dick and I are thrilled to be a part of this event and celebrate all the community spirit and activism that is happening in Lincoln,” said Senator Campbell.

The Campbells have taken leadership roles in many civic and business organizations in Lincoln. Dick is a past chair of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led the West Haymarket Redevelopment Bond Issue campaign, and currently serves as chairman of the Bryan Health Foundation, and board member of the Lincoln Public Schools Foundation. He is an elder of Southern Heights Presbyterian Church. Kathy, State Senator from District 25, chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. She served on the Lancaster County Board and on boards for the Lincoln Electric System, the Food Bank, Leadership Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Advisers. Currently she is on the Bryan Health Board of Trustees

Keynote speaker Jessica Shortall started her adult life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and hasn't stopped searching for ways to change the world since, across the non-profit and for-profit landscapes. In the early 2000s, she co-founded and franchised The Campus Kitchens Project, a non-profit organization that is now active in more than 40 communities. 

In 2006, Jessica received an MBA with honors from the University of Oxford, as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. She went on to spend three years in London, providing consulting services to social entrepreneurs before taking the role as the first Director of Giving and Social Innovation at TOMS Shoes. While at TOMS, Jessica helped to build and implement the now-iconic One for One giving program that, to date, has provided more than 50 million children in need with new shoes, and has supported sustainable eye care for patients around the world. Jessica is a published author and TEDx speaker. 

“We all want to be inspired to do good in the world,” Shortall shares. “But feeling good about what we do isn’t enough – we need to push ourselves and the organizations we support to ensure that our efforts actually do lasting, sustainable, and respectful good. That isn’t an easy job, and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned, and to spark a conversation with the thoughtful servant leaders of Lincoln.”