The Leadership Marco Class of 2015 kicked off their session on July 29 with a morning scavenger hunt and evening reception at La Tavola. Spouses, friends, staff and alumni were in attendance to lend support to the 12 students for this year’s class. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce puts it all together.
Leadership Marco is in its 14th year and offers a variety of in-depth experiential sessions in such areas as: Health Care/Emergency Services – History – Hospitality/Tourism – Media – Education/Recreation – Culture/Real Estate – Law Enforcement – Government/Infrastructure/Transportation – Agriculture/Environment.
Leadership Class of 2014 graduate Jessica Hernstadt tells us that the classes were “extremely informative, and sometimes challenging,” describing the time spent at Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department putting outfires, using the jaws of life and carrying gear while walking the stair master. She says that the team work and camaraderie among the students developed as the session progressed, making the experience even more valuable for those who attended.
These sessions are managed with the intent of developing a strong foundation for current, and future, leaders in the community. Knowledge and education in a broad spectrum help leaders make sound decisions and give a big-picture perspective of the community, both now and in the future.
“For me, it’s a way to network with even more people,” says Laura Schneider (Iberiabank). “I want to learn what goes on behind-the-curtain, so to speak. We are very luckyto have such a diverse group of people from different backgrounds in this class. I’m looking forward to learning how things really work. It will be a great asset to both my personal and professional development. I’m already learning more about myself and how I respond in certain situations thanks to this morning’s scavenger hunt.”
Another member of the Class of 2015 is Rev. Dr. Mark Williams (United Church of Marco Island). “I’m really excited. I’ve been looking forward to this for a few months now. This a personal experience for me and I’m looking to develop the life of the church deeper into the community as well. Meeting other leaders in this community is a very positive thing.”
The Leadership program is popularnation-wide and has proven to be a success in developing relationships, understanding and strong leaders in both the community and in business. The Leadership Marco program also works toward providing scholarships to local students. The Paddle Challenge, Wet Paint Live and the Souper Bowl raised $15,000 last year thanks to the efforts of Alumni and supporters. It is a cycle of education and giving that benefits everyone in the Marco community.
The Class of 2015 will culminate their experience in December when they will graduate and set-off on their own paths; better as people, better as professionals and better for this community we call home.
You can learn more about the Leadership Marco program by contacting the Marco Island Chamber at 239-394-7549.