As president-elect of the705, I was recently asked to speak at an event hosted by The Daily Advertiser, which was a very interesting spin on the traditional political forum.
As you read these words, the election may be over but there are almost certainly runoffs to be had in a couple of races.
My message to the crowd gathered at The Feed N Seed for Lafayette Unfiltered was a simple one: considering the transparency of our local government, the access to both politicians and candidates through social media and other technology, and the wide variety of special interest groups in the region, there has never been a better time to be a young person in Acadiana.
Regardless of what your particular interests are, there are groups here in Acadiana in which you will find like-minded individuals who are just as passionate as you are. The list of organizations goes on and on, and they would all love your input and your help.
But what if you aren’t sure exactly where your passions lie? What if you have an affinity for a variety of altruistic pursuits? What if your passion falls into some other category unmentioned here? When I finally decided that I wanted to be more involved in the community, I was unsure where to turn. I found the answer in two local organizations: Leadership Institute of Acadiana and the705.
Leadership Institute of Acadiana is the organization responsible for the excellent 10-month program Leadership Lafayette.
I met classmates who are now among my closest friends. They are also invaluable professional contacts. In addition to the relationships I formed, I was exposed to many aspects of the things that make Lafayette tick that I may never have experienced otherwise.
The beauty of Acadiana’s local young professionals’ group, the705, is that the organization’s structure is perfectly suited for its members to try different things. Every month of the year the705 hosts events pertaining to civic interests, philanthropic pursuits, professional development, networking and more. Our young members are encouraged to try only those things which appeal to them, or to try them all should they be of interest, all while in the company of other local young men and women who are trying to find their voices just like you.
Finally, once you have identified your passion and found your voice, being heard becomes even more important. As a lone individual raging against the machine, it is easy to have your voice lost in the din. When many voices are united as one however, our local leaders take notice. I beg you to consider your passion, find your voice, and join us!
Luke Sonnier is the 2015 President-Elect of the705 and the Chief Financial Officer of Aerion, a Lafayette based company providing fluid and waste management solutions to the Oil & Gas industry.
YP Pulse is a monthly column by members of the705, an organization for young leaders in Acadiana. The705 provides volunteer service, leadership development and personal growth opportunities. For more information on the 705, visitthe705.org.
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