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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.

Helping You Make the Right Shift in Your Leadership


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Live2Lead is a half-day, leadership development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. You will learn from world-class leadership experts, be prepared to implement a new action plan, and start leading with renewed passion and commitment.

Facilitated by Scott Schoenberger of The John Maxwell Team, this on-site video seminar will include presentations by John C. Maxwell, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Pink, Debra Searle, and Tyler Perry.

This is what you can expect to gain from this event: How to recognize the opportunity for a shift, knowing the right time to make a shift, choosing to make a shift, the hard work that goes into shifting, and what kind of shift every leader needs to make.

When: Friday, February 22, 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m. (lunch provided)

Cost: $69 ($10 discount per attendee when two or more employees register)

Location: Zion Baptist Church (114 Zion Road Clarion, PA 16214)

How to Register (registration is required):

Call the SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or

Toll free at (877) 292-1843

Email: sbdc@clarion.edu

Website: www.clarion.edu/sbdc/training/

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s January 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.

Meet the Leadership Venango Class of 2019


Randy Randy Arnold is a senior mechanical engineer at Pioneer Energy Products (PEPRO) in Oil City. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. Randy’s focus is on designing product that is built with pride in Oil City and surrounding areas to serve the telecommunications and emergency communications around the nation. His passion is for engineering and product design and focusing on how to combine that with a business plan to create growth.

 

TessaLVTessa Byham is an Oil City native with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Edinboro University. She is the Executive Assistant at the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and loves being involved with the growth of the region through the position. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, kayaking, reading, and attending local events. She is also an active member of the FLEX Young Professionals Group and an Ambassador for the Be Here Initiative.

 

LindseyLindsey Canchola is the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Presbyterian SeniorCare Network and oversees the outreach for Oakwood Heights here in Oil City. She has been employed at SeniorCare for just shy of  7 years. Lindsey graduated suma cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Lindsey resides in Meadville Pa with her husband, Anthony and their two sons, Landon and Connor. Lindsey is involved in: Aseracare Foundation Board, treasurer for Randolph League, University of Pittsburgh Board of Alumni.

 

JeffJeffrey Fedei is currently the manager of the robust Environmental Services department within UPMC Northwest. Jeffrey started his career in the healthcare setting in 1999 where he worked as an environmental services technician and has continued to advance his career through on-the-job-training and education.  He has served as a corporate representative with the UPMC Health System and Value Analysis Team where he provides input on strategies for the prevention of microorganism transmission.  He has also served as a product evaluator to ensure the ease of use by environmental service workers.

 

DanDan Flaherty, born and raised in Oil City, is Executive Director of the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA). ORLA is responsible for the operations of the three county public libraries (Cooperstown, Franklin, Oil City). Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Library Science, both from Clarion University. He is married to Ashley Flaherty, also an Oil City native. Together, they have fun hiking and canoeing with their dog, Keasbey, time at home with their cat, Jim, and entertaining with family and friends. He also enjoys reading, home brewing, and gardening. Dan has helped organize local Disc Golf events at the Hasson Park course and has contributed in various roles to the Pennsylvania Library Association.

 

GregGreg Lander is a Venango County native who attended St. Stephen Elementary school and Oil City High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, and is  Vice President of Klapec Trucking Company in Reno, PA. He enjoys driving the KTC trucks in the local parades and transporting the City of Franklin Christmas tree. He serves as an active member of St. Stephen Church where he is a greeter and helps with the annual St. Stephen Heritage Festival. He volunteers at St. Stephen School by helping with the students swim classes and the Reverse Raffle.

 

MarcMarc Lander is an Oil City High School graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology from the California University of Pennsylvania. He began driving for Klapec Trucking Company after college, then moved into the office to learn the different areas of the business.  Currently, he is the Operation Manager at Klapec Trucking Company.  Marc is a member of St. Stephens Church, where he and his wife donate 25 hours of service each year. He is also a proud parent of three delightful girls.

 

EmilyEmily Lewis is a native of Venango County, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and minors in Business Administration and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Slippery Rock University. As Director of the Venango County Economic Development Authority, she is responsible for the development of several area projects including the revitalization and re-use currently underway at the Oil City National Bank building and the continued development of the county’s fiber optic network. Before becoming Director of the Authority, she was Deputy Director of the Venango County Regional Planning Commission.

 

LaurenLauren Lupinacci is a native of Venango County with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. As the Program Manager for Bridge Builders Community Foundations for the past five years, she leads the fiscal aspects of the Community Foundation while also administering a scholarship program that grants out over a quarter of a million dollars annually from over sixty different funds. She assists in the administration of the National Transit Building and Annex. Lauren is a member of the FLEX and is excited about becoming a more integral part of the group. In her free time, she enjoys participating in community events with her family and friends.

 

BRIANBrian McNulty is the Assistant District Executive for the Design Unit of PennDOT Engineering District 1-0 in Oil City. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a professionally licensed engineer in Pennsylvania. Brian directs and oversees the planning and design of approximately $130 million of highway and bridge projects in the Erie, Warren, Crawford, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties annually. He is a member of the Franklin Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and is on the School Advisory Council of St. Patrick Elementary School in Franklin.

 

AshleyAshley Smith is a Franklin native with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology Management and an associate’s degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Clarion University, and has taken technical courses at Triangle Tech-Dubois. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University. Ashley is employed at the Venango County Regional Planning Commission as the Land Use Planner. In her free time, she is a Franklin High School Marching Band Bandfront advisor and helps coach with Franklin Middle School Cheerleading. She is a new member of FLEX and an ambassador of the Be Here Initiative.

 

MalloryMallory Spence is a native to the Venango County area, residing in both Franklin and Oil City for extended periods of time. She attended Clarion University where she studied Business Administration and Finance. Since school she has gained 7 years of experience in specialized areas of accounting. She is currently employed at United Way of Venango County as the resource specialist, where she is responsible for accounting operations, overseeing marketing, and campaign account management.

 

RyanRyan Sweeney is a native to Venango County who holds the position of Quality Engineer at Webco Industries, where he is responsible for the development of new products at both the Oil City and Reno facilities. Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree in Science and Mathematics, associate’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and a minor in Environmental Studies from Edinboro University. Sweeney enjoys all outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

 


 

Leadership Venango is a nine-month program of the Venango Chamber designed to identify, educate, involve and motivate individuals who desire to become more effective leaders. 

Learn more about the program at www.leadershipvenango.org

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