Anessa Hunt Jones, Campaign Director, and Michelle Dean, Master Teacher, have both been selected to participate in United Way Worldwide’s LEAD Program. This leadership program is designed to provide learning and leadership development to nurture skill development, networking, and knowledge share, with dedicated support for career growth within the United Way Network.

“United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties is immeasurably proud that both Anessa and Michelle were chosen to be members of this year’s LEAD program,” Monica Wofford, CEO, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties. “We are excited that both ladies were selected as examples of the best and brightest of United Way. It is leaders like Anessa and Michelle that will lead our organization to support our communities even more so than we do already!”

Selection for the LEAD Program is based on performance, potential and core competencies.

Applications for the program come from the worldwide network of 12,850 people and are open to those working across all departments and groups. This program is available to all high potential and high performing participants each year.

“Leadership development is crucial for building the pipeline of future leaders for the global United Way network,” said Amy Dinofrio, Vice-President of People Strategies, Talent and Board Engagement at United Way Worldwide. “Identifying high-performing and high-potential employees enables us to build a culture of top-performing talent and ensures we will continue to effectively serve the unmet needs of every person in every community.”

The 2020 LEAD Program runs from August 2020 to July 2021 and requires participants to take part in a monthly webinar series.

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