Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association Introduces Julie Baumgardner Leadership Award

Friday, May 19, 2017
Julie Baumgardner
Julie Baumgardner

At Friday’s Leadership Luncheon honoring the 2016-17 Leadership Chattanooga class, the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association presented the inaugural Julie Baumgardner Leadership Award in conjunction with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. 

Julie Baumgardner, president and CEO of First Things First, is the first recipient of this award named in her honor. 

Ms. Baumgardner has chaired Leadership Chattanooga’s curriculum committee for more than 15 years, impacting more than 500 Leadership Chattanooga participants.  

“When I became director of Leadership Chattanooga, I realized the curriculum needed updating,” said Diane Parks, director of Leadership and Community Development. “When I approached Julie about working with me, she enthusiastically accepted the position as head of the curriculum committee. So many graduates have served on the committee over the years, and Julie challenges us to take it to the next level with more leadership skills training and a focus on today’s hot topics.” 

The Julie Baumgardner Leadership Award will be the highest honor awarded by the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association, presented annually to an individual or organization with a compelling record of leadership and service in the community, who has made specific contributions to Leadership Chattanooga, our region’s premier leadership development program. 

In addition to this honor, Ms. Baumgardner will also be honored June 7 as the 2017 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year. 

About Julie Baumgardner
Since First Things First’s inception in 1997, Ms. Baumgardner has championed Chattanooga families, originally as associate director, and as head of the organization since 2001. First Things First has raised more than $26,300,000 under Ms. Baumgardner’s direction, and has received the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year award. 

In addition to heading First Things First, Ms. Baumgardner is a Certified Family Life Educator, a Certified Crisis Intervener, a trained Prevention and Relationship Education Program facilitator and a graduate of the Chattanooga Chamber’s Leadership Chattanooga. 

For 12 years, Ms. Baumgardner hosted “First Things First with Julie Baumgardner” on local PBS affiliate station WTCI and is currently working on a new show on a digital platform. Additionally, she writes a weekly column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and regularly speaks at a variety of community organizations, businesses and churches. 

Ms. Baumgardner’s extensive and wide-ranging community involvement has supported organizations from Big Brothers Big Sisters to March of Dimes to Kiwanis Club and many more.
Currently she serves on the Chattanooga Rotary Club’s Board of Directors, as chair of the American Lung Association’s Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon and as a Hamilton County Juvenile Court commission member. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, as the curriculum chair of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Leadership Chattanooga program, as a committee member for Chattanooga 2.0’s Early Learning Committee and as an elder at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.

 
 




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