As Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Rachael Coverdale, HCLA Class of 2015
Lives and works: Fishers
Family: Husband Tom and their dog, Claude
Career path: After 10 years in marketing and sales — mostly in the marketing agency world — she started her own marketing and communications company, Coverdale Consulting, almost one year ago. Coverdale focuses on developing and executing high-level strategy for her clients. Community involvement: Brooke’s Place, board member; Hamilton County Leadership Academy, communications and curriculum committees; Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, HIPE committee; Riverview Health Foundation, gala committee.
Good to know: At age 12, she won the Junior Olympics in figure skating.
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “The strong, personal relationships that you build through HCLA are invaluable. I’ve made friends and business connections, and learned leadership skills from community members, classmates and alumni… and still continue to do so.”
Most vivid HCLA memory: “Our class had the chance to listen to all Hamilton County mayors speak, in one room. I was able to ask a question, and I thought, ‘When else would you ever get this opportunity?’”
How has HCLA changed your perspective on leadership? “HCLA reinforced what I believe to be the most important leadership characteristic: authenticity.”
Most valuable lesson learned through HCLA: “It’s important to learn about the community you live and/or work in, so you can find out how you can apply your talents to give back and impact that community.”
Favorite Hamilton County restaurant: “10 West in Cicero.”
Favorite Hamilton County store: “Blue Peppermint Boutique in Fishers.”
Favorite thing to do in Hamilton County: “Attend concerts at Fishers’ Nickel Plate Amphitheater.”