Greetings Fellow Alumni!
I am pleased and humbled to serve as this year’s Leadership Lab Chair!
This has certainly been the year for change and although it poses challenges it also has presented many opportunities to work with some new folks and new class content.
Our class size is officially 80 and we have many of the same businesses represented as prior years but we also have corporate participants that are new to the city such as Hulu, as well as new small businesses like the Frame Gallery. It says a lot about the program when newcomers to the city join the North Chamber and participate in Leadership Lab.
This year we held retreat at the T-Bar M Ranch in New Braunfels. Having attended retreat as a LLab student and as a Team Lead/Co-chair since 2012, it was quite a change from the Flying L. Although amenities we more abundant at T-Bar M, we did miss the remoteness and rural setting of the Flying L.
I’d like to especially thank my awesome retreat team staring with my Co-Chair and LLab mentor, Melodye Tomsu, Team Leads Lisa Pinto, Jennifer Van Cleave, Maria Dunn, Chris Scherer, Linda Bachman, Jamie Suriano, and Lisa Kopecky. And I can’t forget the contributions of Letha Harrelson, and Michael Wyant (paparazzi).
Another big change this year is the progression from DISC to the Birkman assessment. The Birkman assessment is a much deeper delve into the leadership behaviors one exhibits vs. the leadership styles. This year Michelle Howison from Endeavor Management facilitated the inaugural session, receiving praise from the students as reflected in their post-session surveys.
Each student receives a 120 page Birkman report that we’ll be unpacking throughout the year along with the continued personal/professional development journey facilitated by Kevin Prescott.
I appreciate the support of the alumni received with the many volunteers, etc. I’ll be looking forward to conveying additional opportunities to assist and interact with this year’s class!
John A. Wood