Carrie Fanning is a graduate of the 2016-17 Leadership Los Alamos program. Photo by Martha Katko
Leadership Los Alamos is accepting applications for its 2017-18 program, which gets underway in September.
To date, LLA has graduated more than 250 leaders who are making a difference in this community. LLA is seeking to fill this year’s class with approximately 24 committed individuals who want to learn more and continue this fine tradition.
The program begins with a two-day orientation Sept. 8-9. The deadline to apply for the program is June 30.
What recent graduates are saying:
Name: Carie Fanning
LLA: How many years have you lived and/or worked in Los Alamos?
Fanning: My family and I moved to Los Alamos in 1992. I have worked for Los Alamos Public Schools, Casa Mesita Group Home and Family Strengths Network. Each of these organizations has helped shaped me, but none like that of being a mother. I credit motherhood with teaching me the most valuable lessons in this life.
LLA: Why did you enroll in Leadership Los Alamos?
Fanning: Two years ago I became the executive director at Family Strengths Network. This was a very new role for me and I knew I needed to surround myself and learn from leaders if I wanted to be successful. In particular, I wanted to improve my networking abilities. There is huge element of community collaboration among agencies and organizations in Los Alamos and I knew I wanted to be connected to that effort.
LLA: What is your biggest take-away lesson from the class?
Fanning: It sounds cliché, but I came out of the Leadership program believing that I had the power to make very real and positive changes in the world. Not only did I believe I had that power, I came out of the program motivated to put that power to use immediately.
LLA: What are you doing with what you learned?
Fanning: I’m currently working with a group called Baby-Net that focuses on the needs of families with young children. We are in the early stages of developing a plan for an early childhood development center that would house the many organizations in Los Alamos that serve young families in one location. I encourage anyone who is looking to really sink their roots into our community to embrace the Leadership Los Alamos program!
The Leadership Los Alamos program is nine months in duration and has graduated leaders since 2003. Program sessions are designed to address current issues facing the community. Each program session features speakers that are acknowledged leaders in their specific fields, while program participants actively engage in discussion and debate. The process offers an opportunity for inquiry, analysis and development of solutions to the most pressing issues facing our community and surrounding area.
Program sessions are held in Los Alamos and the surrounding area in order to expose participants to the different aspects of our community and the local issues important to each area. In addition, program participants experience the unique culture of the area, weaving for themselves a broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing our community with many cultures and geographic diversity.
Each program year includes a mandatory one-day Leadership Orientation and Retreat followed by educational sessions on topics such as:
- Cultural Issues;
- Economic Development;
- Local Government;
- Community Organizations;
- Education and Youth; and
The year concludes with a closing session and graduation.
The program is open to anyone who lives or works in Los Alamos. Leadership Los Alamos selects a class each year of 24 or so leaders or potential leaders who represent a cross-section of the community and surrounding area from public, private and nonprofit sectors. Special consideration is given to ensure diversity of occupational background, race, gender, and community involvement.
Participants are selected using the following criteria:
- Commitment, motivation, and interest in serving Los Alamos;
- Demonstrated leadership in community activities;
- Record of accomplishments within his or her own company or organization;
- Interest in seeking future key volunteer and/or appointed leadership roles;
- An occupational commitment to remain in the Los Alamos area; and
- Commitment to play a personal role in helping shape Los Alamos’ future.
To learn more about Leadership Los Alamos, click here.
To apply for the 2017-18 LLA class, click here.