Successful communities require the stewardship of broad-minded, well-educated, forward-thinking individuals acting in unity to promote the cumulative interests of a greater goal. Because leadership starts at the individual level, the “Foundations of Leadership” day kicks off the program with an assessment of each participant’s leadership style and how to leverage this understanding into the ability to lead at a broader community level. The day also includes an historical perspective of the San Ramon Valley and a review of the unified vision that was created by previous community leaders. Intermixed throughout the day are opportunities for developing relationships with other program participants and building the foundations for a strong sense of team and group identity.
Day Chairs: Dominique Yancey (Lead), Kathy Chiverton, Shelley Despotakis, and Mitchell Hopson
The retreat is an opportunity for class members to get to know one another on a more personal level and beyond the traditional boundaries of communication. Team building exercises focus on fundamental team development skills, empowerment, and the creation of synergy and trust among the class participants.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Day Chairs: Henry Perezalonzo (lead), Kathy Chiverton, and Paige Meyer
This session presents an overview of local government and its relationship to other governmental bodies. Students receive first-hand experience in civic leadership by campaigning and running for public office in a mock city council election. Opportunities are provided throughout the day to interact with current and former public office holders as well as public service administrators. One of the goals of the program, and this session, in particular, is to familiarize the class with methods of effecting change through the governmental process.
Day Chairs: Newell Arnerich (lead), Andy Li, Paige Meyer, and Dominique Yancey
The goal of this session is to explore some of the serious domestic issues facing families, children and the elderly in the San Ramon Valley. Through the fieldwork and class discussions, the program participants will discover what resources are available to address these issues, as well as identify how to access these resources. It is also a day in which volunteer opportunities with non-profit human services providers are discussed.
Day Chairs: Kathy Chiverton (lead), David Behring, Shelley Despotakis, Mitchell Hopson and Dominique Yancey
During this session, participants acquire an understanding of the role communication plays in leadership including the exploration of the role of communication in crisis vs. the day-to-day setting, the ever-changing role of technology in communication, and how the various types of new media influence public opinion.
Day Chairs: Elizabeth Graswich (lead), Newell Arnerich, Lisa Bobadilla, and Bill Clarkson