About Lead Inc.

We believe, “In every person is a LEADER waiting to be developed.”


Leadership Education and Development (LEAD Inc.) exists to develop and train leaders in Grant County.

With three universities, a community full of talented and caring citizens, strong business and manufacturing partnerships, and a rich heritage of leadership, LEAD Inc. is developing the next generation of leaders, to preserve a strong and healthy community. To do this, we utilize the following programs: 


  • Leadership Grant County: An adult community leadership program that has graduated emerging leaders and volunteers for more than thirty years.
  • Y.E.S. Network: Youth Empowered to Serve. An impactful three-year program with a unique curriculum for 8th, 9th and 10th graders to root them in self leadership, team leadership and community leadership.
  • Thompson-Ray House: Our historic home for local leadership. It houses our leadership programs and is available for business meetings, community events and family gatherings.

2018 Chef Registration

This online registration form is a new feature to the event. We hope you will find it helpful. Be prepared to tell us about the nonprofit you would like your tip jar to benefit and why you chose that organization. If you are willing to share, we would also love to learn more about your recipe and what category you will be competing in this year. The registration will allow you to submit all of this helpful information in one easy online submission. 

Leadership Grant County

Register online today! Join a long list of local leaders to graduate from this premier community program since 1982. 


Class registration fee is $350. Payment can be sent to LEAD Inc. (407 E. Main Street, PO Box 411, Gas City, Indiana 46933) or brought to the first class. 

OUR LEADERSHIP & ADVISORS

Jerry Long

LEAD Inc. Board Chairman

Thompson-Ray House Manager


Tim Harris

Past Chairman

NFIB and Leadership Consultant

Leadership Grant County Facilitator


Mindy Ballinger

Vice President

Walnut Creek Golf Courses


Greg Maynard

Secretary

Carey Services


Dianne Harris

Treasurer

MutualBank

Leading Men Who Cook Event Coordinator


Patti Edwards

Board Member Emeritus

Olynger Corp.


Michael Dominisse

Board Member

General Motors


Shelly Jones

Board Member

Community Foundation of Grant County


Karen Madry

Board Member

Afena Federal Credit Union


CJ McAbee-Reher

Board Member

RELI Group, Inc contracted to High Point Global


Tamara Murphy

Board Member

Indiana Wesleyan University


Jennifer Stallsmith

Board Member

Afena Federal Credit Union


Jim Widner

Board Member

Retired Newspaper and Bank Executive


Lezlie Winter

Board Member

Mississinewa School Corporation

YES! Network Board Liaison


Alicia Morrell

YES! Network Program Coordinator

Indiana Wesleyan University Upward Bound Program


Carol Sector

YES! Network Advisory Committee


Dr. Jim Laub

YES! Network Curriculum Author

MacArthur School of Leadership

formerly of Indiana Wesleyan University


Paula Schultz  

Leading Men Who Cook Social Media Coordinator

Grant County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Linda Smith

LEAD Inc. Administrative Assistant

Donate Online with Quick Give

Donating to LEAD Inc. will fund the many leadership programs offered in Grant County including both the YES Network and Leadership Grant County. Your gift will also ensure the preservation of the Thompson-Ray House to pass on a heritage of leadership and community service for future generations.