Attorney and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht gave an inspiring talk to a new generation of leaders at Leadership Delaware’s 2015 graduation last week in Wilmington.
Arsht, a native Delawarean and the 11th woman to join the Delaware Bar, is a visionary business leader, friend of the arts and supporter of charitable causes around the country and here in Delaware. She founded Best Buddies Delaware and supports organizations that focus on improving reading and writing among young children and meeting the needs of those with learning disabilities.
Speaking to the Leadership Delaware graduating class at Wilmington Country Club, Arsht encouraged the 24 “fellows” to rise to ever higher levels of leadership and accomplishment in three areas: their career field and profession, the nonprofit sector, and government and politics.
Launched seven years ago, Leadership Delaware candidates between the ages of 28 and 38 with a capacity to lead and serve participate in a competitive application and interview process. Two dozen fellows are selected to participate in the 10 month program.
Arsht applauded the program and the fellows for their diversity of thought, their entrepreneurship and their desire to serve their communities. She spoke about the variety of backgrounds and perspectives that each candidate brought to the program, which helped enrich their shared experience. “This diversity is wonderful,” she said.
Arsht also discussed the vision of leadership. “There are very many accomplished professionals but very few who are visionaries,” she said. To be a visionary is a qualification of outstanding leadership. She noted that all visionaries are “brilliant” and often share their leadership experience outside of their professions. She also encouraged the fellows to “Never stop learning. Your (Leadership Delaware experience) is only the beginning.”