Consultant, community organizer,

nonprofit executive director

Age: 37

Education: High school

Some of Hileman's professional accomplishments include:

n Co-founded HEART USA, a 501c3 organization in Paducah.

n Community consultant and organizer for the KPAP (Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program).

n Organized community stakeholders in over 100 counties in Kentucky to help citizens receive free prescription medications.

A few of the organizations he has been involved in:

n Kentucky Rural Health Association Board member.

n Paducah Bourbon Society board member and subcommittee chair.

n Project Pomona founder, executive director and board member.

What is the biggest challenge for a young leader in today's workplace?

Finding your voice and your confidence while remembering that you are always working towards things that are greater than yourself. These gifts are sometimes not awakened in youth and at the beginning of our careers. The patience and willingness to receive them are worth the effort as we continue to grow. It's helpful to be reminded that we honor those who came before us, while pouring our energies and our own talents towards the future.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

In order to lead by example, you must possess an imaginative and emphatic heart. An emphatic heart allows the soul to fall in love with work that impacts the world. This emphatic heart provides meaningful leadership, a connection to the community, and an interest in the success of others. It's as courageous as it is contagious. No matter your skill level, education, or environment an emphatic heart is the key to inspiring others. Emphatic hearts provide opportunities for leadership in our work, our families, and our civic obligations. Falling in love with our world and expanding our imaginations to understand that what we share is sacred motivates us to protect it. We inspire others to action with our emphatic hearts. We are unable to help our world if we refuse to allow our hearts to fall in love with it.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

From a social service and nonprofit career, I never allow myself to lose interest. Staying interested keeps me engaged, open, and ready to grow. Second, is feeling appreciation. I appreciate the people and the business community around me, their contributions to our shared successes, and the realization that I'm fortunate to have these opportunities. If I'm interested and remain appreciative, I will never stop growing.

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