Non-Profit Formed to Promote Service Leadershipfor Community Development
Author: CH2 Press Release
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC. July 14, 2012 — “Service leadership” is a concept islanders will soon be hearing much more about, since the inception of the non-profit Center for Service Leadership, recently formed by a group of current and former executives in the area. The inspiration for the newly formed organization was sparked by IBM’s Centennial Celebration of Service held in 2011, a year-long global volunteer initiative undertaken by IBM employees, retirees, families and friends.
The local project was initiated by Hilton Head resident and IBM retiree Jack Wilson, who worked for IBM for over 25 years, and retains strong ties to the organization. This long-time islander, retired U.S. Navy Captain, businessman, author and career consultant developed a proposal to IBM for a leadership enterprise that would implement a philosophy of service excellence on Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry.
As a 2004 graduate of Leadership Hilton Head-Bluffton and chairman of its alumni committee, Wilson previously managed the Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Series in 2008-9.
The Center for Service Leadership was officially launched in August of 2011, then with 11 volunteers, comprised of seven IBM retirees and four area executives. The project’s mission is to promote a culture of service excellence among Lowcountry organizations in order to stimulate regional economic growth. Wilson has formed an informal advisory board comprised of fifteen of the Lowcountry’s top executives and service-minded leaders.
Currently, three phases are planned by the organization, the first of which is a three-part lecture series, beginning September 2012, to acquaint the community with the concept of Service Leadership. The lecture series will feature prominent speakers from across the country, from organizations with top service-related cultures.
The subsequent two phases are planned for 2013 and 2014, and will focus on direct education and training for both business and non-profit organizations, with planned technology-based delivery. Further, awards and certifications will be given to organizations that apply service leadership training and demonstrate service excellence in their day-to-day operations.
“We very much want to build a widespread reputation for service excellence that will bring new people, new businesses, and new economic vitality to the
Lowcountry,” Wilson stated. “This is just the beginning.”
For more information on the Center for Service Leadership, messages may be directed to Jack Wilson at email@example.com. Individuals or groups interested in joining the effort may contact Operations Executive Raymond Wenig at (843) 342-9642 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.