Leadership Photo

Pictured, from left, are the leadership participants at the final session when they met in person for the first time (kneeling) Kendra Hatfield, St. Vincent’s, Jo Gilreath, Purdue Extension; (standing) Lisa Myer, St. Vincent’s, Taylor Droste, Heritage Federal Credit Union, Daniel Smith, Newburgh Chandler Public Libraries, Chuck Lackey, Heritage Federal Credit Union, Paula Strahle, CASA Volunteer; (not pictured) Tim Long and Lynn Pierce, Warrick County School Corporation, Amy Payne, Lasting Order, Lindsey Susott, Community Member.

Purdue Extension & Warrick County Cares announce their collaboration to provide the third cohort of Leadership Warrick County. The 11 session program begins on Aug. 13, 2021 and continue through May 13, 2022.

“The Community Leadership Program developed by Purdue extension has been offered throughout Indiana. The purpose of the program is to develop confident, skilled and knowledgeable leaders who want to make a difference in their community and throughout Warrick County,” Carla Kidwell, director of Purdue Extension in Warrick County, said.

The program includes the following topics: Getting to Know My County, Identifying My Leadership Style, Leading Through Interpersonal Communication, Exploring Diversity, Managing Conflict, Getting Involved in My County, Serving on Nonprofit Boards, Exploring Economic Development, Exploring Education, Learning How County Government Works, and Building A Healthy Community. The sessions will be held throughout Warrick County with several including a tour of a local business.

“This program is for any Warrick County resident who wants to make a difference in our communities,” Warrick County Cares Coordinator Marge Gianopoulos said. “This next group will be our third cohort and it’s been a great opportunity for community members to learn more about their county and understand their own leadership abilities. We strongly encourage anyone who loves Warrick County to participate.”

Up to 20 participants may attend and the cost is $300, which includes all materials, meeting space, facilitator travel expenses, snacks, etc.

While COVID-19 stopped many programs in their tracks, Leadership Warrick County continued through Zoom. Paula Strahle, a participant in the 2nd co-hort meeting over Zoom and a volunteer with Warrick County CASA stated, “Participating in Leadership Warrick County is a great way to learn more about our county including: it’s strengths, resources and potential needs. This insight can aid in identifying, planning, and executing projects that will meet the needs of our neighbors and benefit all of Warrick County.

The Warrick County Leadership planning committee is currently looking for program sponsors and interested participants. More information and the participant application form are available on the Warrick County Cares website — https://www.warrickcounty cares.org/leadership

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