- by Mount Saint Mary College

At the recent graduation ceremony for the 2019-2020 Leadership Orange class, Margaret Treacy ’13, director of Annual Giving at Mount Saint Mary College, was presented with the program’s LEAD Award in recognition of her dedication and skill. 

Leadership Orange’s LEAD (Learn, Evolve, Advance, Develop) Award is given to the class participant who has absorbed and embraced the sessions and the program and whose enthusiasm and participation has helped to dramatically improve their leadership qualities. Treacy was nominated by her classmates. 

“I was very grateful to receive this honor,” said Treacy. “All of us worked so hard and we were a great team.”

 Leadership Orange is a well-respected leadership training program in the Hudson Valley. Started in 1992 by community and business leaders to train new and emerging leaders, it has developed into a multi-dimensional training program for both adults and youth. The program is funded by support from the local business community.

Treacy’s class had set a goal of raising $40,000, to be used to help fund future Leadership Orange programs for young adults and area professionals. When the pandemic was declared, they had to continue their efforts virtually.

“We worked really hard and had to change our marketing strategy mid-season, and thankfully, it worked very nicely,” Tracey explained. Through the efforts of Treacy and her fellow students, the class raised more than $70,000 – a record high for the program.

Treacy’s class began their journey with Leadership Orange in September of 2019, and was scheduled to complete the program in June 2020. But due to complications caused by COVID-19, this Leadership Orange class finished up in November 2020.

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