Leadership Howard County, which seeks to empower leaders to strengthen and transform the community, held a general membership luncheon and gift drive on Friday, November 9, featuring speaker Tonya Kennon, president and CEO of the Howard County Library System and member of Leadership Howard County’s new Leadership Premier class graduating in 2019.

The focus of Kennon’s presentation was “Leveling Up and Bringing Barriers Down: Asset-based Community Development in Practice.” Ms. Kennon also shared her vision for the Howard County Library System, including future initiatives and partnership opportunities. Rooted in asset-based community development, her vision leverages existing strengths while turning outward to connect, engage and educate for success at the next level and beyond.

Kennon joined the Howard County Library System in April this year. Previously, she directed the Riverside Public Library in California, where she led the system since 2011. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Arts from California Baptist University.

A special thank you to our attendees who generously contributed to the Howard County Library System’s annual Holiday Mitten Tree drive with contributions of new gloves, hats, and mittens.  The library will donate items to community charities.