Wilson leaders gather for conference

They will be met at the Star's Riverfront Station in downtown Nashville by a number of key Middle Tennessee officials including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, members of the Middle Tennessee Transit Alliance Board, board members of Cumberland Region Tomorrow and others.

After their official welcome to Music City, the group will be whisked off to the Lipscomb University campus where they will spend some seven hours or so discussing and participating in a broad range of topics from learning how to devise visions for the future to how they can disagree with each other but still make progress toward important goals for the constituents they represent.

The sessions on the Lipscomb campus are to be directed and led by members of the university's staff as well as others.

Titled the Power of One Leadership Conference, the day-long event was conceived from a project promoted by a Leadership Wilson group last year.

Those involved with planning today's conference point out that it is not "a feel good" type of program.

The agenda includes a number of "how to" topics, according to Linda Peek Schacht, executive director of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb.

Participants will hear and be involved in discussions on how to get along with each other, how to disagree with each other, and how to be respectful to each other. They will also be asked about their visions for Wilson County and the challenges they see that may impede the county's progress.

Those who have registered for today's program include the county mayor and three local city mayors, the sheriff, the director of emergency services, the school directors for both school systems, the executive director for economic and community development, several members of each municipal legislative body and a majority of the county commission.

The day is to end for the group with dinner in Nashville and a ride back to Wilson County on the Music City Star. The entire day is being funded by Leadership Wilson with contributions by Lipscomb.

From Post staff reports