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Kirk Irby

Kirk Irby

Leadership New Mexico is pleased to announce that an Artesia man is among the 36 leaders from 16 communities across the state selected to participate in the 2016-17 Core Program.

Kirk Irby, pharmacist and partner with Lowell’s Pharmacy will be a member of the 21st class of the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.

Open to all citizens in the state, Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program involves leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities, from the public, private, government and nonprofit sectors. Employers, community organizations, local leadership programs, or individuals may nominate candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential. Individuals may also nominate themselves.

The Core Program sessions include topics such as health and human services, economic development, education, environment and natural resources, and government, crime and justice issues. The program sessions are held over 10 months in various locations around the state. The sessions are designed to address the variety of issues facing New Mexico. Each program session features speakers and panelists who are acknowledged leaders in their specific field. Participants have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with speakers and to explore the issues in depth.

By engaging people in solution-seeking communication, Leadership New Mexico encourages program graduates to assume leadership roles on community and statewide issues, and develop networks for effective leadership.

Since its founding in 1995, Leadership New Mexico has provided a nonpartisan perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities for improvement. The organization identifies current and emerging leaders throughout New Mexico, enhances their leadership skills, and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the state. The Core Program, Local Government Leadership Program and Connect New Mexico Program contribute to developing a larger understanding of these issues and ultimately prepare the leaders to meet these challenges with innovation and enthusiasm. Since Leadership New Mexico’s inception, more than 1,400 participants from 83 communities across the state have explored the issues through participation in Leadership New Mexico programs.

Leadership New Mexico is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization directed by a Board of Directors from throughout the state of New Mexico. For more information about Leadership New Mexico’s programs, call 505-398-1500 or visit www.leadershipnm.org.