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Leadership Venango Shifts to Virtual Sessions

What better way to test the leadership skills of our 2020 class than to see how they handle a global pandemic? With the stay-at-home order in place, we have moved Leadership Venango sessions to Zoom and are staying connected online. The class is still working on projects and presentations and is hopeful to hold a graduation in the near future. 

The class brought Jeff Fowler of the Penn State Extension Venango County office and Brittany Eisenman of the PA Farm Bureau to their April session to provide insight on local agriculture.

More virtual sessions have been taking place this month and graduation information will be released as soon as it is confirmed.

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Leadership Venango Holds Fourth Session: The Importance of an Educated Workforce

The 2020 class of Leadership Venango met in January at Clarion University – Venango to discuss the importance of an educated workforce.

Hope Lineman of Clarion University welcomed the class and provided an overview of the programs, and some exciting renovations that have taken place in the last few years. She also gave the class an idea of what campus life looks like for the students.

Eileen Mullen, program coordinator for Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance, then presented and detailed the many programs that she provides for students, including a STEM camp and mock interviews. Her programs help students understand 21st century workforce skills. She provided understanding of the importance of partnerships with the community and putting your best self forward.

Next was Taylor Snyder of eAcademy explaining the work that her students do. The class learned about the school districts involved in eAcademy and the different field trips the class goes on to learn about the community.

The day ended with Corey Christman of the Center for Victory, who spoke of the importance of understanding a multi-generational workforce and work style differences. He also discussed the levels of engagement employees have with their company and jobs, and how to get the most out of your employees through effective and compassionate leadership.

The next session will be in February at the Venango County Courthouse to discuss “Honorable Leadership.” Learn more about Leadership Venango at

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s February 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango Holds Second Annual Retreat

The Leadership Venango Class of 2020 met for the first time on September 12-13 for a day and a half overnight retreat.

The first afternoon, at Whitehall Camp and Conference Center, was spent exploring our personalities and how to work better by understanding what influences our behaviors.

After dinner, the class reconvened for a Community Conversation with Dan Flaherty, a LV  Class of 2019 alumni. Before turning in, the new class met around a campfire, getting to know each other.

Friday morning began with an exercise on visioning, led by Chamber President Susan Williams. Next, Andy, on staff with Whitehall, led the class in teambuilding.  Along with completing physical challenges, the class discussed the dynamics of working together.  With encouragement from the new class, Susan willingly participated in the trust fall, allowing the class to catch her from a fall.

The day concluded with the class approving class rules, learning about managing a meeting and introducing speakers and creating a class vision for this year.

Participants this year include:

  • Kaylee Azzopardi, UPMC Northwest
  • Damien Cherico, Webco Industries
  • Saxon Daugherty, Child Development Centers
  • Matthew Deal, Morrison Funeral Home
  • Ethan Gravatt. Klapec Trucking Company
  • Carrie Karns, Oakwood Heights
  • Tracy Lander, Klapec Trucking Company
  • Jessica Schultz, Child Development Centers
  • Kat Thompson, PA CareerLink Oil Region
  • Annie Welsh, Oil Region Library Association
  • Amy Keth, Clarion University Small Business Development Center
  • Thomas Chase, Videographer

Learn more about the Leadership Venango program at

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango Accepting Applications

The 2019 2020 Leadership Venango Class will hold their kick off retreat on September 12 13, 2019, followed by monthly full day sessions through May of 2020. This program is a significant commitment of money and time.

So, why should you consider investing in such an activity or encouraging someone else to do so? You may already be in a position where you are managing others, through your title or simply your areas of responsibility. Perhaps you’ve already taken classes, read books, and served in leadership positions. We encourage you not to dismiss this opportunity to further enhance your leadership journey, which is sure to be newly informed by the changing times, a diverse class make up, and an array of great speakers and activities.

Tessa Byham, a graduate of the inaugural class remarks “My favorite things about Leadership Venango were the connections made within the class, getting out into the community and learning about the different businesses and locations, and growing professionally in my ability and confidence in my networking skills.”

Ryan Sweeney adds “This program is a great value to the area and the people involved. I gained so much knowledge about the area that I didn’t know and also gained some great connections both in the class and with presenters.”

Emily Lewis, another member of the class of 2019, said: “Leadership Venango taught me that there are many traits of a good leader but the most important is the ability to truly listen and lean in to challenging issues. I feel I am a better equipped member of my community because of my participation in this program.”

If you have any questions about Leadership Venango, please visit for details or contact the Chamber office and we’d be happy to meet with you. Registration is open and scholarships are available.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s August 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.