Leadership Summit seeks emerging community leaders
Leadership Summit is a nine-month adult-leadership training program offered through The Keystone Center that equips emerging Summit County leaders with the skills and relationships necessary to lead collaborative efforts and solve community problems. The mission of the program is to demonstrate that an engaged community can balance diverse interests and needs resulting in cooperative and effective planning and decision making. The class size is limited to 20 participants; and applications for the upcoming 2008/2009 sessions are due August 1. Classes take place once a month and begin in September. Applications can be found online at http://www.keystone.org/leadershipsummit.html.
The early classes have a strong emphasis on leadership development, helping participants identify their own leadership strengths and building on skills to put those strengths to work at the individual, organizational and community level. Former participant Rob Waterman explains, “There are different types of leadership and the program can help you focus on areas where improvement can be made. As a graduate of Army Officer Candidate School, I was very well trained in authoritative leadership, but my collaborative skills were lacking.”
Community leaders conduct sessions, share their own lessons about leadership and present cases for the class to study. For instance, a former participant, Jennifer Kermode, who is now the Executive Director of Summit Combined Housing Authority, speaks to the class regarding her experiences relating to attainable housing. Other issues that are addressed include: health care, education, transportation, environment and community diversity. Participant Guff Van Vooren applied what she learned throughout the program and established the stewardship program, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.
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