Alumni and Board members mix and mingle with the newest class of LSRV participants. The orientation kicks off with introductions and testimonials from alumni. Light refreshments served. All alumni and new class invited.
Chairs: Vicki Harris (Lead), David Behring, and Paige Meyer
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 a “deep dive” into understanding each participant’s strengths identified using the Clifton StrengthFinder assessment, under the guidance of Daniel Almeida, PhD. Dr. Almeida is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, a Certified Diversity Trainer and founder of Strengths Deep Dive, LLC. He is an expert in facilitating activities and conversations about understanding, developing and leveraging your own and others’ strengths.
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: Kathy Chiverton, (Lead), Elizabeth Graswich, Henry Perezalonso, and Dominique Yancey
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), Shelley Despotakis, Paige Meyer, and Tim Traver
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), Lisa Bobadilla, Bill Clarkson, Mitchell Hopson, 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: Tim Traver (lead), David Behring, Lisa Bobadilla, Kathy Chiverton, Elizabeth Graswich, and Andy Li