Rep. Lora Reinbold selected for prestigious fellow program


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Alaska state Rep. Lora Reinbold is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.

The Class of 2014 Toll Fellows represents 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive.

A nine-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

“The Henry Toll Fellowship has a distinguished history of cultivating some of the nation’s top leaders and forging lasting relationships among a special few who serve without fear or favor,” said Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, the 2014 CSG national chair and a 2002 CSG Toll Fellow. “This year’s class is drawn from a very deep talent pool, and each of those selected will contribute significantly.”

The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, the program brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.”

“Leadership is a skill that is sharpened with practice and experience,” Reinbold said. “I am honored as a freshman legislator to be selected to participate in the esteemed Henry Toll Fellowship program. I look forward to engaging with other emerging leaders to become more equipped for our jobs.”

The program’s agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities.

While each year’s program is unique, previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry, adaptive leadership and much more.

Reinbold said leadership programs like Toll Fellows are important for state leaders.

“State officials are elected by the people to help set a healthy direction for the state,” she said. “The task is a complicated and very important one. Leadership, like many skills, is not easily attained. It must be diligently pursued and practiced.”

This year’s program will be held Sept. 5-10 in Lexington.

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