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Leadership Summit builds community, local knowledge

CAITLIN ROW
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Heading into its sixth year, Leadership Summit, a development program for locals, is seeking a new crop of idealistic go-getters to learn about the community and its decision makers. The deadline for registration is Oct. 1.

“It’s a community leadership program hosted by CMC and sponsored by the Keystone Center,” said program organizer Suzanne Hyman. “It’s specifically for residents who live and/or work in the community, and it allows them to interact with the county’s decision makers. They network with other people in the community who are in leadership positions.”

CMC spokeswoman Deb Crawford said, “Leadership Summit provides an opportunity for current and future leaders to gain insight into the issues, opportunities and challenges within Summit County. The nine-month program is a great way to make contacts with leaders in our area. It is an exceptional resource for building community awareness and enhancing leadership skills.”

The 2010-11 class of Leadership Summit will kick off Oct. 21. Throughout the coming months, collaborative sessions with government officials and community leaders acting as faculty will be conducted one Friday each month. The program runs through June 2011.

Crawford noted that participants will gain insight into their thinking and behavioral style through profiling work. Employers are encouraged to sponsor participants as a professional development activity.

“Participants will be learning from community leaders what the key issues are in the community,” Hyman said. “They’ll also learn about opportunities for them – the participants – to lend their expertise. The program is meant to develop leaders in the community and to enhance leadership skills for leadership positions.”

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According to Leadership Summit graduate Karen Mason of Breckenridge, the program taught her about problem solving, community collaboration, different leadership traits and how to analyze issues facing the community. She also learned more about herself as a person, including her strengths and weaknesses as a leader.

Any one of adult age can sign up – Hyman noted that participants generally range in age from 30 to mid-60s.

“The requirement is that you’re committed to making a difference in Summit County,” she said.

For more information, including the possibility of scholarships for participants, contact Hyman at (970) 468-5989 or shyman@coloradomtn.edu. One can also visit http://www.coloradomtn.edu/LeadershipSummit to learn how to get involved.

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.