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Leadership Venango Holds 6th Session – Importance of an Educated Workforce


On Wednesday, February 13, the Venango Leadership Class met at Clarion University – Venango for the monthly class which focused on preparing a ready workforce, career and education alliances, 40 developmental assets and generational differences. The information presented was a mix of new ideas in addition themes formerly introduced during prior meetings.

Tammy Dulaney, Coordinator for Continuing Education at Clarion University, started the day with a deeper insight into the state higher education system (PASSHE) and their relationship with employers, students and career training opportunities. Notable points included the availability of state funds that will reimburse employers for their investment in training costs for their employees in addition to a list of state-approved apprenticeships that students can also utilize as credits toward a degree. Tammy is available to local businesses and students to help connect them to these resources!

Next up, Eileen Mullen, Program Coordinator for Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance, wowed the class with evidence of the growing partnerships between Crawford area businesses and School Districts to provide educational opportunities, career readiness experiences and much more for local students throughout each year. How can all this be accomplished with limited funds and staffing? Simply put, passion and effective communication techniques to garner support. This left the class clamoring for more and a keen interest on seeing something like this develop within Venango County.

Over lunch, Matt LaVerde, Asst. Exec. Director of IU5, focused his discussion on the importance of the 40 developmental assets that play a pivotal role in determining the overall success and general wellness of youth as they age into adulthood. There are many external factors to be mindful of as we all play a vital role in shaping the success (or not) of developing our youth. Judy Etzel, staff writer at The Derrick, and Heather Motter, Cranberry High School English Teacher, followed that conversation up by sharing their experience working together under the state-initiated Teacher in the Workforce program. This discussion reminded attendees of the importance of empathy, curiosity and shared knowledge that impact all of our lives.

Finally, Susan Hileman, Strategic Business Advisor for NWIRC NW Region, made a return visit to the class with a presentation on generational differences. This conversation focused on the preferred learning habits, general societal views and unique experiences within each generation. All of factors shape a person’s personality, attitude, work mindset and much more which needs to be considered when making decisions in the workplace.        

Leadership Venango will meet again on March 13th at Komatsu in Franklin. For more information visit leadershipvenango.org

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

Leadership Venango Holds Fourth Session—Maximizing Clean Communications


Leadership Venango LogoThe 2019 Class of Leadership Venango met on December 12 at the PennDOT District Office in Oil City.  The fourth session of the nine-month program focused on various aspects of interpersonal and professional communications.

James Foringer, the District Executive of PennDOT District 1, started the session by giving an overview of PennDOT’s vision, mission and what District 1 is responsible for in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Jillian Harry, PennDOT District 1 Community Relations Coordinator, then gave a presentation on communications with and through local media partners.  Jill provided her perspective as a former reporter on what types of media are present in this region and what kinds of information media outlets are seeking.

Ashley Cowles, program manager at the Venango Chamber and co-owner of Core Goods in Oil City, then provided tips and strategies for using social media to market your business and communicate with customers.  The class learned a great deal about branding, algorithms and how to manage multiple social media platforms.

The class enjoyed lunch at the Venango Museum where they had the opportunity to meet two sponsors of the program.  The team projects were discussed and the students unanimously agreed that the program provided a great value to them all.

Susan Hileman, Strategic Business Advisor for Northwest IRC, provided the afternoon presentation on effective communications.  The class learned about communication structures, channels and barriers.  An emphasis was placed on the importance of active listening, with several exercises to teach the class methods to become better listeners. Also discussed were the differences in the cultures and perspectives of the five generations present in the workforce today.

The next session is scheduled for January 9 at UPMC Northwest, where the class will focus on leading a healthy community. For more information, visit leadershipvenango.org.

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

Leadership Venango Holds Third Session


Leadership Venango LogoThe 2019 Class of Leadership Venango met on November 14 at the Cranberry Place in the Cranberry Mall. The third session of the nine-month program was focused on understanding community caregiving. The class started their day by working on class projects with their teams and were then joined by Deb Lesko of Venango Catholic High School to focus on project management.

The next guests, Kathleen Ellwood and Joe Croskey of KECoaching and Consulting, LLC, connected with the class to explore diversity. They had the class participate in a few activities that concentrated on the dimensions of diversity and discrimination.

Before lunch, Susan Williams, President & CEO of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, facilitated a panel discussion regarding Venango County caregiving. The panel guests included: Mary Jean Gavin of Community Services of Venango County, Jane Byham of Wesbury Retirement Community, BreAnn Chisholm of Child to Family Connections, and Rina Irwin of Child Development Centers Inc. The panel focused on the 40 Developmental Assets and their connection to each stage of life.

The class took a break mid-day for lunch, after which they heard a presentation from Joyce Fosdick, Executive Director, and Libby Hansford, Service Learning Director, of Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center. Their presentation centered on their involvement with AmeriCorps, as well as leadership practices and understanding the different components of poverty.

This session was very interactive and had the class on their feet and participating in different role-playing activities. Many class participants felt this session was one of the most impactful and emotional yet.

The next session is scheduled for December 12 at PennDOT, where the class will focus on maximizing clean communications. For more information, visit leadershipvenango.org.

 

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango Holds Second Session


The 2019 Class of Leadership Venango reconnected on October 10 at the Venango County Courthouse Annex in Franklin. Dr. Raymond Feroz, Professor at Clarion University, was the morning guest speaker who started the day by having the class participate in an exercise to identify what characteristics honorable leaders have.

Denise Jones, the former Chief Clerk for the Commissioner’s Office, connected with the class to give an overview about how the local government functions and what amenities it has to offer the public. Commissioner Abramovic gave the class a tour of the Courthouse before meeting The Honorable Oliver Lobaugh in Courtroom One to discuss the area’s struggles and what actions need to be put in place to progress as a community.

The class broke mid-day to take a group photo along with professional head shots, then met at the Barrow-Civic Little Theatre, where the Commissioners were introduced to the group to chat about our community.

After lunch, Trenton Moulin, Executive Director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations, presented about non-profit corporations and educated the group about board member development. Zachary Covington, Executive Director of the Barrow-Civic Theatre, added his experience of moving to the area and becoming involved in the cultural development and performing arts to the region. Before going on a tour of the Barrow, Zach and Trenton provided the class with information about FLEX (Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange) which the class can utilize as a resource to connect with like-minded young professionals.

The next session will take place on Wednesday, November 14 at Cranberry Place in the Cranberry Mall, with a focus on understanding community caregiving.

To learn more about Leadership Venango visit leadershipvenango.org

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.