2018-03-10 / Front Page

Future leaders begin journey


Member of this year’s Leadership Potter County Class are (from left): front -- Nicole Zaun, Charlie Tuttle, Sarah Wright, Lisa Pitre, Wayne Irish and Alexis Reed; back -- Dan Eskesen, Laura Marks, Nicholas Marzo, Whitney Thomas, Jennifer Osti, Garrett Rees, Mason Valenti and Angela Lewis. 
Bill Pekarskiphoto Member of this year’s Leadership Potter County Class are (from left): front -- Nicole Zaun, Charlie Tuttle, Sarah Wright, Lisa Pitre, Wayne Irish and Alexis Reed; back -- Dan Eskesen, Laura Marks, Nicholas Marzo, Whitney Thomas, Jennifer Osti, Garrett Rees, Mason Valenti and Angela Lewis. Bill Pekarskiphoto Members of another Leadership Potter County class have embarked on a journey to help them prepare for a changing world with deepening challenges and expanding opportunities.

West Point graduate and former Army War College instructor Mike Pearson greeted this year’s class of 14 participants with an eye-opening peek at the world of 2028.

Potter County Education Council (PCEC) has sponsored the program since 2008. It’s designed to develop leadership skills while familiarizing participants with issues, challenges, and opportunities in local communities.

“Strong local leadership is critical to the future of our communities,” said PCEC executive director Kim Rees.

Monthly sessions are designed by Pearson, Rees and other PCEC planning team members. They’ve added new elements and learning opportunities this year to align the curriculum with trends that have been identified as drivers for the next decade.

Among areas of concentration are community and economic development, emergency management and preparedness, health care natural resources, county and state government, educational systems and resources, tourism/recreation and cultural resources, social services and volunteerism. Commissioner Doug Morley was on the planning team that developed Leadership Potter County a decade ago, when the county was adjusting to the loss of its dominant employer, Adelphia Communications.

“Leadership Potter County is an excellent program that helps individuals to recognize their potential as leaders,” Morley said. “Understanding what’s required to be a true leader will assist them in achieving personal goals, as well as being successful when working with others. This program is a win-win for all.”

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