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Leadership in Action Breakfast Series

To foster meaningful dialogue on critical community issues, this series provides a welcoming forum and networking opportunity with presentations by passionate leaders who are making a difference.  We aim to increase understanding of leadership challenges and opportunities; inspire new ideas for established and emerging leaders; and forge new connections between leaders from all sectors in our region.

Read about our 2013-2014 series and watch for our 2014-2015 programming! 

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Last year, we explored elements and qualities that make people want to live in a community. What is important to you? Equity, economic opportunity, education, health care, compassion and protection for people, animals and our environment, local businesses, the arts? We invited you to come dialogue with our exciting lineup of speakers. to learn and voice your ideas.  

Our series takes place at Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street in Portland from 7:00 – 9:00 am.  

November 5, 2013 | January 22, 2014 | April 23, 2014



Thanks to our generous series sponsors Woodard & CurranFairchild Semiconductor Corporation and WEX for believing in the transformative power of civil discourse.  We also thank Curtis Thaxter for sponsoring the January and April Breakfasts and Baker Newman Noyes for sponsoring the April Breakfast. 

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PETER FORBES, Center for Whole Communities

Tuesday, November 5, 2013    .   7-9 am   .   Holiday Inn by The Bay

Peter Forbes (800x532)Peter will draw from his experiences working in urban and rural places across our country to consider these questions on Election Day:

  • What helps and hurts the long and important effort to create healthy, whole communities?
  • What is our evolving role as citizen leaders in that effort?
  • How do we most make a difference today regardless of what field we work in?
  • What do these times call upon us to do and to be?

Peter Forbes is a writer, leadership development teacher, and life-long student of the relationship between people and the land. He’s the co- founder of Center for Whole Communities which has done significant, nationally respected work over the last decade connecting the worlds of environmentalism and social justice. Peter’s family immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine and changed their name, language and identity to make a home here; this journey is very likely why Peter sees a powerful connection between identity and place, between how we care for people and how we care for the earth.  Peter’s life as photographer, political consultant, conservationist, farmer and facilitator combine unusual aspects of the very practical with the wildly visionary to produce work that has been influential to a variety of sectors: conservation, philanthropy, sustainability, ethics and social ventures. Peter has written four books about people and place, and a new one will be published in 2014 about his family’s relationship with Maine social critic, William Coperthwaithe. Peter and his family live and farm in the Mad River Valley of Vermont.


LISA POHLMANN, Natural Resources Council of Maine

“Environmental Leadership: From Kitchen Tables to the State House and Beyond”

Tuesday, January 22, 2014   .   7-9 am   .   Holiday Inn by The Bay

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Lisa Pohlmann is Executive Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). For this Breakfast, she will draw on her passion for the outdoors and experience at the helm of Maine’s leading environmental organization to discuss why citizen action is essential to a healthy environment and successful communities.

Demonstrating a strong history of advocacy for the people of Maine, Lisa first joined the NRCM team in 2000 as a member of the board of directors, later serving as board president and in 2008, she became deputy director. Previously, she served as associate director for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, working on sustainable economic development and other social and environmental policy issues. Lisa began her career in Maine as executive director of New Hope for Women, a domestic violence organization in the Midcoast. She has a Masters from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. A resident of Jefferson, Lisa has a lifelong love of the outdoors, and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis and camps across the state.


DR. EDISON LIU, Jackson Laboratories

“Leadership Characteristics in the Innovation Economy”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014   .   7-9 am   .   Holiday Inn by The Bay


Edison Liu is President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory. Previously, he was founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore (2001-2011), and was President of the Human Genome Organization from 2007-2013.  An international expert in cancer biology, genomics, human genetics, molecular epidemiology, and translational medicine, Dr. Liu has served as: Scientific Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Clinic Sciences; Director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer: Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at UNC’s School of Public Health: Chief of medical genetics: and chair of the Correlative Science Committee of the national cooperative clinical trials group, CALGB. His current research is focused on the functional genomics of human cancers, particularly breast cancer, uncovering new oncogenes, and deciphering the dynamics of gene regulation on a genomic scale that modulate cancer biology. He has authored over 300 scientific papers and reviews, and co-authored two books.


To see our roster of previous speakers and topics, click here.

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