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Cory Cochran How long have you lived and/or worked in Clark or Floyd counties: 26 years Where do you work and please tell us about your job responsibilities: Ivy Tech Community College — Assistant Director of Development. I fundraise for Ivy Tech Community College. I do this by writing grants, building community rela- tionships, building business relationships, networking, event planning, donor relations, alumni relations, and gift giving. The office of development fundraises for many things, including but not limited to; student scholar- ships, infrastructure projects, student aid, classroom projects, etc. Please tell us about your definition of leadership — both in the workplace and in volunteer efforts: Leadership is about knowing when you are in charge and when to follow. To be a leader you must rely heavily on others expertise. The best leadership quality is leading by example and following your team of experts. Please tell us about all volunteer efforts that are important to you and why. Please be specific about your involvement and how long you've been involved in each area: Mentoring is the most important form of volunteering. As a young professional, I want to share my life experiences with those that are not on the correct path. I participate in three important men- tor programs, New Albany Floyd County school corporation Mentor Mii program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, and Junior Achievement. All three allow Matthew T. Cupp How long have you lived and/or worked in Clark or Floyd counties: I have lived/worked in this area my entire life. Where do you work and please tell us about your job responsibilities: I work for the Ivy Tech Sellersburg Cam- pus. My job title is workforce consultant. My main duty is to connect with local indus- try and provide them with all of the valuable resources Ivy Tech offers. These resources include employee training, new hire pros- pecting, educational workshops, and so on. Please tell us about your definition of leadership — both in the workplace and in volunteer efforts: I have always been taught to lead by example. So I would have to say my defini- tion of leadership is to be part of the pro- cess, get my hands dirty, and help the team 38 July / August 2018 succeed. A leader should motivate his or her team. You cannot lead and succeed on your own, it takes a collective effort. Please tell us about all volunteer efforts that are important to you and why: Recently I have been engaged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. A co- worker of mine introduced me to the orga- nization and all of the cool events they have to raise money for the kids. I have been involved for roughly a year now with sev- eral different events and it have been really enjoyable. I also serve on the advisory board for the School of Information Technology here on campus. We engage with local employers to make sure the IT department is teaching programs that relate directly to industry needs. In your opinion, what is the single me the opportunity to teach and mentor K-12 students good characteristics and professionalism. In your opinion, what is the single best thing about being involved — living or working — in Southern Indiana and why: Helping our community take its new shape. With the new economic growth and elevation of population, it is important to be involved in the process going forward. Whether you are volunteering, working the political process, or working within the com- munity, we are all helping our community grow and improve. If you could put your time and/or money into one thing in Southern Indiana to make it better, what would it be and why: Educating and mentoring our little Hoo- siers. One aspect that our community/state is lacking is a statewide PreK system. The impacts are empirically proven to be suc- cessful. I believe we should always improve our community for its future residents. best thing about being involved — living or working — in Southern Indiana and why: The single best thing is the community. Our community stands behind its people and helps them without hesitation. We are a small, tight-knit group who strive to see everyone succeed. Southern Indiana is unique because we have a small town feel, everyone knows everyone, yet we have huge businesses that our state depends on. When you think of an ideal place to live/ work you dream of a place like Southern Indiana. If you could put your time and/or money into one thing in Southern Indiana to make it better, what would it be and why: I would say this question play right into what I spend my time doing now. I could use more time to put into solving our labor shortage. I speak with employers everyday who are looking for workers to fill open spots. We have a serious labor shortage in Southern Indiana and it will not get any bet- ter until we figure out how to attract quality talent. I would love to be able to dedicate more time to this initiative.