Twenty-three men and women make up the newest class of Leadership Northwest Missouri, an annual series of sessions that bring together existing and emerging leaders from throughout a 19-county region to discover and sharpen their leadership skills, explore regional issues, and build a network of contacts throughout Northwest Missouri.
The 2017 class began with a two-day retreat, January 18-19, at Conception Abbey. The participants will gather monthly for day-long sessions in varied locations throughout the region. The series concludes with a June 29 graduation ceremony in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Members of the 2017 class and the counties they represent are: Jan Glenn and Robert Jandorf, Andrew County; Kris Umbarger, Atchison County; Melissa Birdsell, Laura Buhman, Jeff Gates, Deanna Lamb, Wes Moore, Janice Neumann and Clay Rich, Buchanan County; Stephany Beaver, Caldwell County; Peggy McGaugh, Carroll County; Stephanie Williams, Clinton County; Morgan Scott, DeKalb County; Vicki Hogue and Cassie McMillen, Gentry County; Brandi Pittman, Grundy County; Jennifer Anderson, Livingston County; Marcus Casady, Kaity Holtman, Sam Mason and Emily Minton, Nodaway County; and Ellen Hodge, Sullivan County.
Leadership Northwest Missouri is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri and contracts Deb Powers as the Executive Director of the program. “Our partnership with Community Foundation is something new this year, but they have been very gracious to us. We are thankful for their generosity and support. Deb has been involved in Leadership Northwest since its inception. Her ideas and valuable leadership really help to take Leadership Northwest to new heights. We are thankful to her for her dedication in helping to grow leaders in our region,” said Ben White, LNWMO 2015 Graduate and Board President.
“Leadership Northwest Missouri has become the catalyst for identifying, training, and connecting the leaders of our region and is the pathway for effective leadership for generations to come,” said Dr. Tim Crowley, a local leadership expert who is one of the program’s facilitators. “There is a deliberate focus on fostering a sense of ownership for the region – that we have interdependent roles and we depend on each for the progress and success of Northwest Missouri.”
Sessions incorporate a blend of classroom presentations and experiential exercises; in-depth examinations of such regional issues as education, healthcare, entrepreneurship, economic development, regional vitality and team empowerment round out each session.
“Regional-focused leadership development programs are the foundation for building the capacity of individuals, communities and regions to solve their own problems,” Crowley said. “Participants develop leadership best practices, establish strong networks, increase ability to solve complex problems and deepen their understanding of regional needs and assets.”
Please contact Deb Powers for information on Leadership Northwest Missouri, debdpowers@gmail.com Website: http://www.leadership northwestmissouri.org.