Leadership Little Traverse launches 2011-12 session
The Leadership Little Traverse class of 2012 is shown following a daylong team building program at the Camp Daggett Adventure Center. Members of the class include (front row, from left) Melissa Hansen, Jessica McGeorge, Jessica Kenzie, (middle row) Sarah Bek, Rachel Smolinski, Michelle Harrington, Rachel Arndt, (back row) Trish Conti, Dana Andrews, John Blossey, Abby Bush, Stephanie Baker, Matt McCauley and Liz Rice. (Courtesy photo)
The 13th annual program launched Wednesday, Sept. 7, with an overnight stay and a full day of team-building activities at the Camp Daggett Adventure Center.
Leadership Little Traverse is a joint program of the Petoskey Regional and Harbor Springs Area chambers of commerce with a mission to inspire and prepare leaders in the Little Traverse Bay region. Participants in the program will meet monthly through next May honing their personal leadership skills while learning about various components in the community. Sessions will focus on history, government, education, human services, the economy, and the environment. Personal leadership skills to be addressed include presentation skills, running a meeting, conflict resolution, creativity, and ethics among other topics.
“We have another excellent class,” said Leadership Little Traverse steering committee chairman Alan Hegedus.
Hegedus is a graduate of the leadership class himself and now serves on the Harbor Springs City Council.
“It’s always exciting to start a new year and to get to know the participants,” he added.
By the time the program ends, Hegedus said the members of the class will become close friends and will be ready to take on any number of leadership positions in the community.
In addition to attending the monthly sessions, the class members will be responsible for selecting and then completing a community service project. The project is designed to fill a community need and to be fully coordinated by the Leadership Little Traverse class. Programs that have been served by previous Leadership Little Traverse classes include the Community Free Clinic, Manna Food Project, Challenge Mountain, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Raven Hill Discovery Center and the Nehemiah Project Hospitality House.
Outside of the classroom, participants will also attend public meetings, conduct a personal strengths assessment, and work with a community leader who will serve as their mentor through the program. The exit assignment for the program is the completion of the personal leadership plan that each participant will present to their classmates at the final session in May.
Members of the Leadership Little Traverse class of 2012 include Dana Andrews, Sturgeon River Pottery; Rachel Arndt, Northern Michigan Community Child Development Center; Stephanie Baker, Stephanie N. Baker Photography and Graphic Design; Sarah Bek, City of Petoskey; John Blossey, The Bank of Northern Michigan; Abby Bush, Osborne and Associates; Trish Conti, Northwestern Bank; Melissa Hansen, Little Traverse Conservancy; Michelle Harrington, Northern Michigan Review; Jessica Kenzie, Salle Verte Design; Matt McCauley, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments; Jessica McGeorge, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce; Liz Rice, Odawa Casino Resort; and Rachel Smolinski, HARBOR Inc.