Brian Tracy in his book, The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success reaffirms the belief that “leadership is the single factor in determining business success or failure in our competitive, turbulent, fastmoving economy.” We agree and are proud of the Chamber’s Leadership NW initiative.
Thanks to the support and generosity of previous and current sponsors, Founders Insurance Group, Torrington Savings Bank, Workforce Investment Board, Geer and Red Barn Marketing, Leadership NW continues to develop potential leaders and prepare them for positions of professional and community responsibility. The participants attend workshop sessions one day a month for nine months and work on a team project that addresses a community need. The curriculum offers an exciting and unique opportunity to discuss, observe and analyze such topics as economic development, education, government, business development, arts and culture, finance, health and public relations.
Here are some program highlights:
218 have graduated since 2003
18 industries and/or services were represented
22 towns have been represented through the participating leaders
46 community organizations have benefited from leadership projects 54 projects raised $71,699 Kudos to the Leadership NW Steering Committee, all graduates of the program, led by CoChairs Paul McLaughlin (Litchfield Bancorp) and Cindy Donaldson (Red Barn Consulting) and Lauren Zordan from our Chamber. Other members include: Amy Jock (Chelsea Groton Bank), Jessica Wright (McCall Center for Behavioral Health), Debra Zavatkay (Northwestern Connecticut Community College), Darlene Sullivan (Founders Insurance Group) and Margret Warner (Litchfield Bancorp).
One of the most exciting results of Leadership Northwest is that the participants have made an impact on the community through self-directed, projects that address a need. The leaders work on teams in researching an issue, determining the best way to tackle the problem and executing a plan that lessens the challenge.
You may have supported one or many of the projects: a wine tasting to benefit the Community Soup Kitchen; the Pasta for Patriots, with all proceeds going to the Veteran’s Service Office; a Marketing Plan for KidsPlay Children’s Museum; a regional earth day and tree planting; a literacy awareness reading program that brought 1400 school children to The Warner Theatre; a security deposit guarantee program for low income and homeless individuals; a truck load of basic living necessities for FISH in conjunction with living in a cardboard box for 24 hours; a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the Y homeless shelter; a book exchange for the Winsted Area Child Care Center; a brochure and audio guide for historical Main Street in Winsted; a forum for high school students and nonprofit agencies to explore volunteer opportunities; a guide book for Habitat for Humanity; backpacks for the Connecticut Food Bank; a Pasta Dinner for The Gathering Place.
There are no limits to the farreaching effects of this program. Here is your opportunity to take advantage of it. We are calling on all leaders to participate. Please call me personally and go to the website for the registration instructions.
We will have done our job if we continue to prepare the future leaders of Northwest Connecticut nurtured through Leadership NW.