LONG challenges professionals to look beyond the bottom line
Eleven professionals who live or work in Ozaukee County have earned leadership certificates as part of the 2014-15 Leaders for Ozaukee’s Next Generation (LONG).
It is the third year of the nine-session leadership development program.
The training represents a collaborative effort between Ozaukee Economic Development, Ozaukee County University of Wisconsin-Extension, UW-Milwaukee and local chambers of commerce.
Program organizers explain the goal is to build leadership capabilities in local communities and workplaces.
“The program provides a unique opportunity for professionals to network, develop and enhance their leadership skills, and identify ways to become involved in the community,” said Kate Pawasarat, community development educator for UW-Extension in Ozaukee County and facilitator for the LONG program.
Participants learn about key aspects of leadership, including professional development planning, effective communication, organizational change and building community partnerships.
Class members also work together on community-based team projects.
This year’s projects included a speed networking event, a beach cleanup at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve in the Town of Grafton, a program to increase education and awareness of senior scams and a project with Advocates of Ozaukee.
Members of the class and their employers are: Sara Alger of Aurora Health Care, Grafton; Ray deBruijn, Village of Saukville; Mark Farver, LaBudde Group, Grafton; Ryan Fitting, Cedarburg Police Department; Ryan Manis, Kohler Credit Union; Cindy Larson, management consultant; Emily Mitchell, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Milwaukee; Travis Murphy, Edward Jones Investments; Kelly Pretty, community volunteer; Katie Rabuck, Kohler Credit Union; and Alan Sanchez, LaBudde Group, Grafton.
A celebration marking the completion of the program was held May 20 at the Grafton Arts Mill.
For more information about LONG, contact Pawasarat at 284-8289.
Image information: GRADUATES OF THIS year’s Leaders for Ozaukee’s Next Generation program are (front row, from left) Alan Sanchez, Ryan Manis; (back row) Mark Farver, Emily Mitchell, Kelly Pretty, Cindy Larson, Katie Rabuck, Sara Alger, Ryan Fitting and Travis Murphy. Not shown is Ray deBruijn.