Lead­er­ship Northwest

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - BUSINESS - JoAnn Ryan

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.

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