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Leadership development series offered to local professionals

September 14, 2012
The Alpena News

Alpena Community College announces a new leadership development series designed to meet educational and leadership training needs of local professionals. The program, called LEAD, for Leadership Education for Action and Development, is a series of three interactive programs conveniently scheduled for members of the work-force.

Each of the programs has independent goals that together will enhance confidence, awareness, skills development, leadership potential, and motivation to excel. The series is recommended for leaders of all levels - both front runners and future leaders.

Several influential community members will facilitate the three workshops. In the first session, "Developing Your Leadership Skills," Georgene Hildebrand will engage participants in networking and discovery of potential in themselves and others. Enhanced communication and listening skills, teamwork, and appreciation of others are among the goals.

Hildebrand is a professional facilitator and owner of Rightpath Consulting, LLC.

The second session, titled "Know Your Community," is in two parts. The first half is facilitated by Carol Shafto, Planning and Evaluation Director at NEMCSA.

Shafto shares a snapshot and information about Alpena to increase awareness and understanding of the city and residents. Participants will gain a greater understanding of community strengths and weaknesses and challenges we face together.

Alpena News Editor and Publisher Bill Speer will moderate the second half of the session. Speer will lead a panel of elected officials to provide a window into relationships between community members and governmental representatives. The panel will include Mayor Matt Waligora, Greg Sundin of the City of Alpena, Township Supervisor Marie Twite, County Commissioner Cam Habermehl and State Rep. Peter Pettalia.

In the final workshop, "Leadership in Action," participants learn to apply leadership skills. Facilitator Jackie Krawczak, executive director of the Alpena Chamber of Commerce, guides workshop members in better understanding of community development and appreciation of the value of personal investment in one's community.

Krawczak will engage a panel of experts including Jim Klarich of Target Alpena, Deb Pardike of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Greg Sundin of the City of Alpena.

The program conclusion features local entrepreneurs Trina Gray of Bay Athletic Club, and Ryan Fairchild of Omega Electric and Sign Co, Inc. Both will share their experiences and path to leadership roles.

The workshops will be held Sept. 25, Oct. 9, and Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Alpena Community College. Luncheon is included in the series cost of $100.

Registration is required. For information or to register by phone, call Kate Richards Bruski at 358-7271.



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