Dr. Leonard Young served as the Parliamentarian for the Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in February, 2019. In this role he prepared the bishops of the church to preside in this global conference, which set policies for the twelve million member denomination, and gave guidance during the meetings. Dr. Young brought an extraordinary professionalism and a deep preparation to this task. He is an effective communicator and raised the level of leadership through his equipping of us. We are grateful to Len for walking with us in this ministry.
"Dr. Young brings a level of professionalism, clarity and integrity to parliamentary process accompanied by a deep knowledge of the craft. With such competence and experience, he was able to help us address the idiosyncrasies of our organization such that participants could trust the process, the leadership and the results of our annual meeting. We highly recommend him to other organizations seeking a trustworthy process facilitated by highly competent guidance."
“Dr. Leonard Young has been the parliamentarian for Unity Worldwide Ministries for more than twenty years, and he raises the bar on the term “standard of excellence!” His insightful and balanced counsel stems from years of experience, wisdom, and clarity. On top of that, he is an absolute joy to work with!
"Dr. Young has served as the parliamentarian for the World Conferences of Community of Christ for more than 30 years. He has assisted in scripting the meetings and has given very helpful counsel and advice in the meeting sessions. Our Conference is multi-national and multi-lingual. Len's experience in international settings has helped our Conference of 2800 delegates work efficiently and fairly."
"Dr. Young served as the Parliamentarian for the Polish National Alliance National convention that took place over 3 days. His knowledge and assistance were of great value. During the convention there were a few members who repeatedly tried to disrupt the orderly conduct of business and Dr. Young quickly and professionally dealt with the problems. I have served as a chairman of many different meetings and as such worked with numerous parliamentarians and I would strongly recommend him as a competent, cable and knowledgeable individual. If in the future I was asked for a recommend a parliamentarian, Dr. Young would be at the top of my list."
"An adage in leadership principles states that you are only as good as the people surrounding you. If you want to elevate your leadership abilities, one of the best steps you can take is to enlist Dr. Leonard Young. And by the way, he can also be a great resource for Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure! If understanding the nuances of organizational dynamics is an essential quality for your position, one of the best resources you can have is Dr. Leonard Young. As a client of Dr. Young’s, I personally benefited from his experience, insight and wisdom. One of the true positive experiences I enjoyed in ten years of denominational leadership was working with Dr. Leonard Young. The epitome of professionalism, the encyclopedia of parliamentary procedure and the essence of a true partner, Dr. Young assisted my organization and myself to expand our capacity and accomplish our goals. Engaging his services will be one of your best decisions."
Dr. Leonard Young served as the parliamentarian for our church’s congregational meeting where we were considering whether to change our denomination. Len helped us developed meeting procedures, special rules of order and a presider’s script, all of which helped make the meeting function more smoothly. He also came in the day before our meeting to help train our meeting volunteers and tellers which ensured that we had a competent crew in place. All and all we were very pleased with the way Len guided us in running our meeting and the services he provided and would use him again should the need arise.
Dr. Len Young accepted an emergency assignment with us just weeks before our quadrennial assembly when our parliamentarian was hospitalized with a serious illness. He immediately immersed himself in our polity, legislation, and the details of our meetings. He became an indispensable part of business and helped us to have one of the best conferences in our history. We hope to have a long-term relationship with him!
The ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians' leadership team had a truly blessed experience with Dr. Leonard Young as our Parliamentarian for the entire process of preparing for and executing our Synod Meeting of 2018. From the very start of our relationship, Leonard learned our organization’s culture, our habits and all of our policies and procedures. He did that to set us up for success. If we attempted this on our own, there is no telling how long our meeting would have taken. We might still be there! But Leonard worked with all of us to make sure we had every “i” dotted and “t” crossed, and all possible scenarios covered so that our Moderator was able to move business through with thoughtful engagement and zero impediments due to our lack of knowledge of procedures. If you have a meeting coming up that you want to go smoothly, tackling tough issues, I would highly recommend you consider using Dr. Leonard Young to help guide you through it!
Navigating through processes and procedures not just for Missouri PTA but over 400 units and councils can be a stressful and confusing endeavor. Knowing Missouri PTA has Dr. Young to assist and consult with has brought not just this State President but also numerous unit and council presidents.
I strongly recommend Leonard Young for his work at Graceland University. Len worked with our leadership team to develop parliamentarian skills. Many of our young leaders hadn’t been through this training and it is essential for leading meetings and events at a university. Because, in part, of this training our young leaders have been moving into key leadership roles. Thanks Len
Len Young is a consummate professional whose wise guidance and extensive knowledge of parliamentary procedure made me look good as a presiding officer. Even though I am an experienced parliamentarian, Len is the one I look to for advice and counsel in challenging meeting situations. Simply stated, he is the best!
Ann Guiberson, PRP, Past President NAP
During my nine years as president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, a national church body of two million baptized members, Len Young served as parliamentarian at three national conventions, each with 1,200 voting delegates and thousands of additional attendees. Especially during periods of contentious debate on controversial matters, Len provided authoritative parliamentary counsel and wise practical advice. His professional demeanor and impressive credentials removed any doubt regarding the accuracy and objectivity of his counsel.
As our organization has grown our governance needs have changed. Dr. Young’s knowledge and expertise have been a vital part of improving our organizations governance structure and oversight during this growth period.
Dr. Young offered to us insight and expertise that was invaluable in enabling our recent conference to be run efficiently. His presence and input assured the delegates that proper parliamentary procedure was being followed. His support and guidance of the presiders enabled us to lead with consistency and accuracy. We have found Dr. Young to not only be well-trained but highly capable of transmitting that knowledge in a way that sets people at ease and opens the door for effective decision-making to take place. We are grateful for all that he has brought to the work of our denomination.
Dr. Young's consultation, training and technical assistance has elevated the professionalism, organization and clarity of our board meetings.
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