Benefits of Leadership Jackson well worth the investment’ – Angie Lowery
By: Jackson Chamber on Dec 16, 2015
|Angie Lowery, Morgan Stanley, is Leadership Jackson 2015 Chairman.|
After years of encouragement from her friends Judy Renshaw and Chris Ramey, Angie Lowery finally submitted her application to attend Leadership Jackson, a Jackson Chamber program to develop community leaders. Two years after graduating from the program in 2013, Lowery served as the chairman of the Leadership Jackson class of 2015.
“Leadership Jackson has an amazing reputation for changing lives, and when I decided to do it, I thought that there’s no way that it can live up to the hype; but it does,” said Lowery.
Lowery’s initial hesitation with the program was founded in uncertainty that the time spent every Wednesday in Leadership Jackson would not be as valuable as the time spent at work. However, throughout the class, she discovered that the benefits that followed were well worth the time invested.
At the beginning of the Leadership Jackson program each year, the class goes on a retreat and participates in team-building exercises on a COPE ropes course. The ropes course highlights the need to work together to accomplish goals, combining leadership and adventure: two themes central to Lowery’s own life.
Lowery, who regularly runs, rides mountain bikes, hikes and does stand-up paddle boarding, became certified as a COPE ropes course instructor after her Leadership Jackson graduation.
With a newfound passion for the program, Lowery was chosen co-chairman of the Leadership Jackson class of 2014.
The Leadership Jackson team began planning in January to review the evaluations and feedback for each day. Lowery, along with co-chairman Jon Ewing, and Jackson Chamber staff members, Judy Renshaw and Ryan Porter, reviewed the feedback of former classes, contacted speakers and worked through the logistics of the 2015 class to ensure that the various facets of life in Jackson were well-represented.
“We use the feedback from previous classes to create a schedule that is engaging,” said Lowery. “We ask questions like, ‘how will you use this information at home or in your community?’ or ‘how will it affect your conversations at work?’”
Lowery’s favorite day of Leadership Jackson is when the class participates in a poverty simulation and is given the unique perspective of the circumstances and reality of the underprivileged. Many times, members are brought to tears by the end of the day as they walk in the shoes of someone less fortunate.
“You really begin to understand the many challenges of transportation, babysitting and work as well as not being able to feed or care for your family,” said Lowery. “Add extra difficulties, such as having children with special needs, rebellious teenagers or the loss of a job, and life seems completely overwhelming.”
Lowery began her career in finance the day after her college graduation. She earned her degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee, Martin and has been a financial advisor for nearly 20 years. Recently, she joined the Morgan Stanley brokerage firm.
“Morgan Stanley has been everything that I knew it would be, but the culture there has been the biggest advantage to working there,” said Lowery. “The company encourages our staff to embrace the community that we are in and in turn, our people are kind, unselfish servants in the community.”
Lowery also serves on the WRAP board, Pathway’s Behavioral and Recovery board, and the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association board, and is a member of the Jackson Exchange Club in which she chairs The Hal Meredith Scholarship Foundation.
“You think that there’s no way that you will actually want to come back every week and sit in a Leadership Jackson class all day, but at the end of the day, people aren’t ready to leave,” said Lowery. “Every year the members love learning how to be a better member of the community, and I am so thankful to be a part of that.”