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Adult Member Spotlight

Meet an Exceptional Member from One of Our Programs

Leadership Toledo’s many accomplishments are only possible through the dedication and hard work of its members. Once each quarter, we spotlight an individual member so you can get to know them a little better – their life outside Leadership Toledo, their goals, their thoughts, and what they’ve learned from their service and participation.

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson

Freelancer, Self-Employed

How are you Involved with Leadership Toledo – how long have you been involved?

Former adult student of Leadership Toledo, current Servant Leadership Student.  Involved since August 2017

What was the group project that you worked on?

Hut Outreach Promise Jewelry

What has been your favorite project or moment?

Favorite project moment was the open house that we held for Promise Jewelry at the David Building.  It was really great speaking to people about the charity in general and all the wonderful things the money from the purchase of the jewelry goes to support.  Once people hear the stories of these 18 beautiful women in Haiti and how the money helps them to support their families, each other and their community they are even more compelled to purchase; on top of the fact the jewelry is beautiful and unique.

What surprised you the most about Leadership Toledo?

I wanted to join Leadership Toledo and use this opportunity as a way to learn more about ways to better serve my community and meet other like minded change agents in Toledo.  What I am most surprised by is that Leadership Toledo was a catalyst for me to be even more involved in my community and becoming a better resident and servant leader.  Because of Leadership Toledo I am part of the Servant Leadership class as well as Engage Toledo Ambassador Academy; both spurred on by past sessions on Servant Leadership and Civic Engagement respectively.

What did you take away from your participation?

Leadership Toledo reinforced in me how important it is to be surrounded by a like-minded support system and that there are a lot of people, just like me in Toledo, that want to make the community a better place.

What would you tell others who are considering going through the program?

Do it!!  No hesitation.  Leadership Toledo is a great place to learn more about Toledo, make new friends and become part of the change we all want to see in our community.  Come into the experience with an open mind and heart and learn all that you can.

What do you see as the biggest challenges for our area? Do you have any insight addressing those challenges?

I feel one of the biggest challenges in our area is involvement.  Don't get me wrong there are a lot of people in this city doing a lot of really amazing things, however, I feel we need even more involvement.  We need more people from more communities, different backgrounds, cultures, religions, etc. to be apart of them conversation and giving their input on ways to make our community even better.  This city is full of such amazing people, I want to see more represented and involved..but most importantly we need to do this TOGETHER.  I think being apart of organizations like Leadership Toledo and Servant Leadership is a great start but what comes next after this experience will be the determining factor in the future of all of our communities and our city as a whole.  One of my strongest attributes is that I can speak to anyone about anything; I love to hear people's stories.  Because of this I feel the way I have been able to address this challenge is simply by having conversations with people.  People at my local coffee shop, restaurants, my friends, strangers, etc. If there is a city meeting I will post it to my Social Media pages and send out text blasts to friends so that they can join me.  The more involved I become it encourages others to get involved and that is the key!

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