State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) was selected to participate in the 2015 Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
This prestigious program is held every year on the campus of the University of Virginia for a select group of state legislators who have been nominated by the Speaker of the House, President of the Senate or Minority Leader from their state. Leaders are asked to nominate one or more members who by their actions have demonstrated those qualities we associate with leadership—integrity, compassion, intelligence, vision, and common sense.
"Senator Eklund is an extraordinary public servant and highly effective statesman for the people of Ohio," said Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina). "I’m proud to have him represent our state in this program, and I know he will be a thoughtful and influential participant in discussions about democracy and leadership.”
The goal of this program is to inspire these men and women to continued careers in public service. Class discussions will examine qualities and characteristics of leadership including: ethical leadership, the art of compromise and coalition building, and the philosophical underpinnings of representative democracy. The discussions will be lead by Professor Ed Freeman, the Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School and co-director of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics. A distinguished UVA faculty along with Dr. Thomas Little, Curriculum Director of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, will join Dr. Freeman.
State Senator Eklund is one of only fifty state legislators chosen from a nationwide pool of over 200 outstanding nominees. “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to participate in this program,” Eklund said. “I’m looking forward to exchanging ideas with others on how to help lead our states through the challenges of today and tomorrow.”
As Stephen G. Lakis, President of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation has noted, “These legislators represent the best in our legislative institutions, and are destined for future leadership roles in their state. Spending time with these up and coming leaders renews my confidence in our country’s great democratic experiment.”