This year’s class featured 23 participants from various organizations throughout Northwest Ottawa County.
Chris Streng of Izzy+ talked about the Leadership Connect program and read each class members’ name during the ceremony. The graduates were then presented with a certificate of completion by program director Nancy Manglos.
Leadership Connect provides class members with the opportunity to fill their leadership tool box with the necessary skills to be effective leaders in their professional and personal lives. Throughout the program, the participants are given a solid understanding of their own leadership style and the styles of others. They learn how to communicate more effectively based upon the different styles.
This year, the class spent time learning about various aspects of the community: the local economy and ways the five municipalities collaborate; the judicial system of Ottawa County; the use of technology at our local school districts; health and human services, including the new emergency department at North Ottawa Community Hospital; and state government at the Capitol, which included lunch with state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.
The class also participated in several service projects, including serving at the Feeding America/Love INC food trucks, United Way’s Rake a Difference, reading to elementary school students, spring clean-up at Central Park in Spring Lake, and beach clean-up at Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven Township.
For more information about Leadership Connect, call Manglos at 616-842-0529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.