Starting with a photo trivia game testing guests’ knowledge of the Seacoast, the event featured a program overview by Executive Director Jennifer Wheeler as well as stirring testimonials by LS alumni Kathy Beebe (LS ’04), Tony Coviello (LS ’08), and Christine Sieks (LS ’11). All three spoke eloquently about how their lives have changed through their participation in Leadership Seacoast. Afterwards, guests toured Great Bay Community College’s health care classrooms and enjoyed relaxing chair massages from students.
At Appledore Engineering in Rye, a division of Tighe & Bond, community involvement and giving back are an important part of the culture. So it’s no surprise that the firm is home to eight Leadership Seacoast graduates. All value what the program offers both participants and the community and these Appledore Engineering employees exemplify what the program stands for – effective, engaged leaders who’re not only knowledgeable about community issues, but exhibit effective leadership skills and seek opportunities for personal involvement.
“I’ve seen a big benefit in sending 7 staff members through the program,” says Gregg Mikolaities (LS ’01), vice president at Appledore. “They were exposed to issues and agencies that they don’t deal with in their day-to-day lives and developed community relationships that have lasted well beyond the formal program.”
Mary Persson (LS ’07), says she’s developed a “comfortable network of colleagues” throughout the Seacoast, a benefit that has paid dividends both personally and professionally. To their credit, LS graduates from Appledore Engineering have fulfilled their program commitments to become involved in the community. They serve on boards and advisory councils of non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies, have offered pro-bono services to community organizations and partnered with a local environmental non-profit to raise awareness and funds.
One of the secrets behind Leadership Seacoast’s success is MAD – the Marketing, Alumni and Development Committee. Charged with marketing Leadership Seacoast to its many constituents, procuring sponsorships, and fundraising, the committee is also developing ways to keep LS alums connected to the organization. The committee’s latest effort is a “graduate-level” program for alumni called “Leadership Insights.”
“The goal is to create an event where alumni can interact during a more consolidated program day,” says Pat Closson, MAD chair. “There would be a summary and update of key issues impacting the Seacoast, while giving alumni an opportunity to network and discuss what’s happening in the community.” The committee didn’t have to think long about how to generate alumni excitement. Everyone agreed that LS program days are what keep participants involved. As Closson notes, “Our program days are great, so Leadership Insights is an opportunity to build on that, with good speakers, a current topic and a group discussion.”
Stay tuned for more information about Leadership Insights, which is targeted for Fall 2012. For more information, contact Pat Closson at 628-1457; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Your Calendar!
December 1 is the application deadline for the 2012 class. For more information, contact Jennifer Wheeler.