Antioch University New England (AUNE) alumna Bonnie Hudspeth, ES’08, has received the Emerging Leader Award from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the Monadnock Region. She was presented with the honor on September 14 at a celebratory event in Keene where she was praised for her exemplary leadership, community spirit and numerous contributions to the vibrancy of the Monadnock Region.
Bonnie is at the forefront of a host of initiatives that enhance the quality of life in the area. She serves on the leadership board of the Monadnock Sustainability Network and organizes Keene Green Drinks, a monthly social and business networking event. She also co-chairs Monadnock Buy Local, an association of locally owned and independent businesses in thirty-four area towns. Additionally, she is employed as project manager by the , an initiative she originally spearheaded as her AUNE master’s project.
While an AUNE student, Bonnie served on the steering committee of Monadnock Farm and Community Connections (MFCC), a program of the Cheshire County Conservation District to strengthen the regional food and farm system. She and fellow alumni, Katie Stoner, voluntarily organized a committee to plan a local food cooperative for their AUNE master’s project. Bonnie subsequently chaired the group, which procured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to survey farmers, successfully lobbied the Keene City Council for $5000 toward a feasibility study, cultivated support from local businesses and assembled an advisory council of community leaders. For these and other achievements, Bonnie and fellow committee members, AUNE alumna Amanda Costello and Jen Risley, were collective recipients of AUNE’s 2009 Alumni Environmental Excellence Award.
For the past two years, the co-op has operated as an MFCC committee. In April 2010, with a founding board of directors, it incorporated as a separate entity with plans to open for business in 2012. On September 1, Bonnie was hired as project manager for the Monadnock Community Market Co-op board of directors and, almost simultaneously learned that she had been selected by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the Monadnock Region’s Emerging Leader Award.
AUNE congratulates Bonnie on being recognized for her outstanding community service.
“I learned so much about leadership from teachers, other students and staff at AUNE, and from others in the community, who gave me the tools and support to do the work I do,” said Bonnie. “I feel blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful community and by all the people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the last four years.”
About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is not given annually. It is given to an outstanding individual under the age of forty who already exhibits a noteworthy commitment to enhancing community well-being in the Monadnock Region. Nominees must display a dedication to volunteer service, philanthropy and community involvement; have contributed meaningfully to the local community or region; and have demonstrated significant leadership capability and participation in more than one sphere.