By Leeann Akers - Editor
Jan. 1, 2014 —
A leadership academy will be held for Carter County leaders beginning Jan. 31.
The program, which utilizes the Brushy Fork Leadership Development Curriculum, will be facilitated by Pat Collier, Deborah Meenach-Combs and Betsy Fannin.
The trio of ladies attended the Brushy Fork institute in 2010. Their training led to the community summit in August.
“Brushy Fork created this curriculum based on 25 years of experience in community building,” Collier said. “We want to bring together the leaders of Carter County and focus on the economic history and how to stabilize the incoming revenue for the county.”
Initially, 35 key leaders were invited to attend the academy. Now, the invitation has been extended to other community members who are interested in leadership.
“This is not just lectures you can sit and listen to,” Collier said. “There will be work involved and a community project is part of the graduation requirements.”
Although many people have shown interest in the academy, Collier said few have turned in the application. Only 20 spots are available, and the deadline to register is Jan. 17. The cost to participate is $125.
The academy will consist of eight sessions, which will be spread out over seven months.
The curriculum leads participants through the discovery of personal leadership styles while also developing local understanding and skills to support the work that participants will undertake through their community projects.
The eight sessions are:
1. Leadership and Community Development
2. Vision to Action
3. Effective Meetings and Facilitation
4. Leadership Styles and Preferences
5. Key Economic Sectors and Opportunities
6. Dealing with Difference
7. Managing Conflict
8. Closing and Graduation
The first class will be held Jan. 31 at the Carter County Extension Services Educational Building.
To participate, contact Pat Collier at 474-4401.
Leeann Akers can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 474-5101.