It is with great pleasure that I accept this award, the Young Business Leader of the Year, from the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. I am so overwhelmed by the incredible show of support for our work with North Louisiana nonprofits. When we started The Exchange, I could never have dreamed of the ways that this community would come around us with support. It is clear to me that our work is important, that our nonprofits are making an abundant difference in the life of our community, and that there is much work to be done. We have only just begun!
Full Biography Originally Written for 2019 Chamber Banquet:
Dylan Sanders grew up in Kilgore, TX. He attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2015. Dylan interned at the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry while in college, where he helped plan events, led missions, worked with outreach, did website design, and social media advertising for the Foundation. In 2017, Dylan went to work with The Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation as a design consultant and was promoted to Program Director of The Exchange, a program under the Ross Lynn umbrella. Dylan is also the Co-Founder of UpAhead, LLC, a web design company that he and his college roommate started.
Dylan serves as the Young Adult Coordinator and is a member of Grace United Methodist Church and is a member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council. He has done mission trips in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and his most recent in Cambodia. Dylan worked disaster relief in New York City after Hurricane Sandy and took a group of students to Baton Rouge after the 2016 floods to clean out churches that had been affected.
Dylan’s passion for helping others while improving the health of communities is reflected in everythinghe does. In a time where non-profits are competing for donors, volunteers, & resources, Dylan somehow manages to bring everyone to the table and show them how community collaboration works best.