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June 10, 2021
As we move out of the greatest pandemic of a generation, there has never been a more urgent demand to develop leaders globally, and right here in Indiana.
Firms that invest in leadership development programs for their employees can improve their bottom line, attract and retain talent, improve corporate culture, and most critically of all right now – increase organizational agility.
Two Apex employees are currently serving in leadership programs across the State of Indiana.
Kassee Lamm, currently a Kinetiq Health Program Manager at Apex, is participating in Leadership Fort Wayne via Greater Ft. Wayne Inc.
It is a one-year program for leadership development in the Fort Wayne area, and they meet for one full day each month at a different location around Fort Wayne with a different theme.
The exposure to local leaders and a backstage view of the city of Fort Wayne is worth the time and effort invested into the program. Networking is a benefit of the program as well.
“Last week was our ‘arts’ day and we met at the museum of Art here in Fort and were introduced to many local leaders in the art space,” Lamm said. “One of the leaders is Theoplis Smith III who just arrived back in Fort Wayne from creating an art piece for Spike Lee – yes that one. It’s been an amazing experience with exposure to so many local leaders I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.”
Kassee started with Leadership Fort Wayne in January through a two-day virtual onboarding. Now, the class meets in person.
Each member of the cohort had to choose a Community Action Project to be part of and, and Lamm chose to participate in the Mental Health America/Great Kids Make Great Communities team. They are creating an employer toolkit with resources that employees, employers and families can rely on in times of crisis.
The second Apex employee participating in an Indiana leadership program beginning this summer is Erin Albert, currently serving as Apex and Kinetiq Health’s Pharmacy Benefit Practice Leader with Indianapolis Bar Associations Bar Leader Series Class XVIII. The Bar Leader Series officially launches mid-June prior to the 2021 Bench Bar Conference.
The Bar Leader Series, “is an intensive year-long leadership development program designed specifically for IndyBar member attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice. The goal of the series is to prepare talented and diverse early-career lawyers to take their places as both leaders in the legal profession and leaders in addressing needs of the community,” according to IndyBar.
“I actually had applied to the IndyBar Bar. Leader Series in 2020, but the pandemic happened. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to get involved back in Indiana and meet the class face to face now that we are moving out of the pandemic,” Albert said. “I’m most excited about learning from the leaders in law here in the State, and working on a team project around hard problems our community is facing—such as homelessness, poverty and/or public health.”
Apex has been nothing but supportive of these programs for employees—they benefit the communities in which Apex serves, they grow and develop leaders of the organization, and allow Apex employees to give back to the community in other ways, by working on harder problems for Indiana communities. It truly is a winning combination.