Jess named as one of Norfolk’s Young Leaders for 2015

Written by Jess Shanahan

Future of Mobility expert writing on electric cars, entrepreneurship, and freelance life.

July 13, 2015

Lead Norfolk is an initiative set up to nurture Norfolk’s young leaders, to provide a platform for people to discuss what leadership means, and to connect these leaders with likeminded people and businesses from around the county.

When I set up the website Love Norfolk, I wanted to use it as a platform to document my adventures in our beautiful county but it soon became so much more than that. I feel it’s my duty to promote this county to everyone who wants to hear about it because it simply is wonderful. The website gets a baffling amount of hits and the Twitter following has grown to more than 12,000. I’ve written for the Metro on the joys of Norfolk, and I take every opportunity available to sing its praises to anyone who will listen.

I didn’t think that with my work in Norfolk — on both my blog and Jet Social — that I’d be recognised in such a lovely way. This is the first year of Lead Norfolk and I’ve been chosen as one of its young leaders for this 2015. Candidates had to fit the following criteria:

  • Aged between 16 – 35
  • Lives or works in Norfolk
  • Track record of leadership
  • Commitment to developing our community
  • Proven ability to create change, challenge and develop ideas

I’ve been looking at the other young leaders who have been announced and it looks like I’ll be in good company at the Young Leaders Summit on 23rd July. This event aims to connect 2015’s crop of young leaders with like-minded people in Norfolk to provide a platform to learn and share ideas. Throughout the day we will be invited to take part in panel discussions as well as take part in a number of workshops designed to spark dialogue around the challenges and opportunities young leaders face in Norfolk.

Honestly, I don’t know what to expect from here but I’m very much looking forward to meeting people who are as passionate about Norfolk as I am.

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