Leadership Tallahassee, a program of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, announced the 2017 winners of the Distinguished Leadership Awards, presented by Centennial Bank, as well as honored the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Leadership Award Thursday evening.
More than 400 community and business leaders attended the sold-out ceremony to recognize individuals who have made a positive impact on the community. Steve Evans, who received the Lifetime Leadership award, shared in his acceptance remarks thoughts and observations on community leadership.
The awards ceremony, now in its 23rd year, serves as Leadership Tallahassee’s largest community fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Youth Leadership Tallahassee program.
“It is very timely to be honoring leadership in our community,” said Nan O’Kelley, Chair, Leadership Tallahassee Board of Governors. “This impressive group of leaders has made an incredible impact on our community and tonight we celebrate them.”
Throughout the ceremony, deserving leaders were honored in each of the following four categories, with a winner chosen for each.
Servant Leadership: This individual has demonstrated consistent community leadership and begun to achieve results beyond a single field of endeavor, combining efforts in business and non-profit organizations.
The Servant Leadership Award recipient is J.R. Harding, Florida State University. Harding is a disability leader and advocate. A two-time quadriplegic and author, he has helped shape policy for the independence and self-sufficiency of persons with disabilities.
2017 Leadership Tallahassee Servant Leadership Award winner J.R. Harding (Photo: Courtesy Leadership Tallahassee)
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