It’s very hard to complain about society if you don’t get involved. -George Prescott Bush Getting involved. Putting yourself out there, so to speak. Leaving your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be scary. It can be quite thrilling and satisfying, especially if your new ideas are encouraged, listened to and acted upon. In 2016, the RESNET Board created the Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) to help recruit, mentor and motivate the future leaders of RESNET and the home building performance industry. Today we are joined by Leo Jansen of Energy Efficient Homes Midwest, one of very few rater/provider organizations operating in the second generation. Leo has been the Chair of the ELC since February 2019 and is demonstrating his leadership by helping to nurture the next generation of RESNET leaders. Leo describes the goals of the ELC as focusing on recruitment of new raters, retention of existing raters and ELC membership opportunities afforded to those that join. Made up of over 30 (and growing) diverse professionals, Leo stresses the group is for those new to the industry; age is not a determining factor for membership. Leo is managing to make great progress by using digital communication tools as well as forming limited task groups for members to manage. The ELC is developing many unique activities, including conducting their very first video competition in 2019. You can learn more about it and look for the “call’ for the 2020 video contest in updates on the ELC page on the RESNET website. The group also hosts a fellowship opportunity for new professionals in the industry to attend the annual RESNET conference free of charge. Additionally, the ELC coordinates a community-related volunteer event in the host city of the conference each year. If you would like to learn more check out the ELC page here. Listen to the episode here.