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Leadership Los Alamos Welcomes Class Of 2018

on November 13, 2017 - 6:09am
Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017-18. Photo by Martha Katko
LLA News:
Question: What do you get when you mix together people from non-profits, Starbucks, LANL, UNM-LA, LA County, Bandelier, Zia and Del Norte Credit Unions, Project Y, the Family Y, TechSource, Zhennovate and the Methodist Church? Answer: This year’s emerging leaders in the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) program.
Twenty-five individuals began their LLA journey in September with a workshop facilitated by Phil Bryson from On The Edge Productions. Each participant discovered their individual leadership style and learned about how all four styles can work together effectively through a variety of team building activities.
A series of sessions focusing on various topics began in October and will continue through graduation in May 2018. Each session begins with an opportunity to learn about and practice public speaking skills thanks to a special partnership with Toastmasters. In addition to attending the sessions, participants are required to complete a leadership experience where they observe leadership, discuss leadership with a leader, and take a leadership role to complete a project.
In October the class focused on learning about various community programs and had an opportunity to participate in some hands-on activities with five different non-profit organizations. They also learned about service clubs and the rewards and challenges of non-profits. In the afternoon they attended a non-profit fair where they were able to meet one-on- one with a large variety of organizations in the area.
In November the session focused on environmental issues. The class discussed climate change and learned about bears. A tour of the Ecostation highlighted recycling in Los Alamos. The afternoon focused on fire and began with a talk on fire ecology followed by a walk in the forest to see firsthand efforts for community wildfire protection.
Future sessions will focus on local government, youth, education, culture and economic development.
Leadership Los Alamos was founded in 2003 to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos area, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our community. LLA is dedicated to the development of informed leaders who understand issues, define problems, develop solutions, and achieve positions of higher responsibility in Los Alamos.
LLA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt New Mexico organization. It is funded by generous contributions from businesses, local government and individual donors. Primary among these are Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos County and TechSource.
Class members strategize before an exercise at the Orientation Session. Photo by Martha Katko
Class members assist Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson with trail maintenance. Photo by Craig Martin
Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Director Laura Loy (red shirt) strategizes with class members from left, Terra Hite, Lauren McDaniel, Gwen Kalavaza, Sam Logan and Brian Brogan. Courtesy photo
Class members had the opportunity to meet with representatives of many local non-profit organizations. Nancy Brugh, Jeanie Williams, Estrella Pinkerton and Joe Dudziak visit with Cynthia Goldblatt of Aspen Ridge Lodge. Photo by Craig Martin
Fire Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna teaches the class about fuel mitigation; Photo by Deb Huling
The class toured the Los Alamos County Eco Station. Photo by Martha Katko
Los Alamos County Golf Course Manager Sam Logan looks at recycled materials available to the public. Photo by Martha Katko
Los Alamos County Eco Station employee Josh Levings (left) explains recycle and reuse efforts at the Eco Station. Photo by Martha Katko
Beverly Neal-Clinton, Jordan Jarrett and Nina Vivadelli learn about fire safe forests during a hike in the local forest. Photo by Deb Huling