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 understanding each participant’s strengths identified using the Clifton StrengthFinder assessment.
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), David Behring, Henry Perezalonso
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), Randall Diamond, Christopher George
The goal of this session is to explore some of the serious 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: Ann Lucena (lead), David Behring, Sumita Bhandari, and Kathy Chiverton
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. The class also elects its class council members, mayor and vice mayor during this class.
Day Chairs: Newell Arnerich (lead), Bill Clarkson, and Randall Diamond
Chevron has graciously hosted this Leadership class for many years, and we are very appreciative of their continued support.
Day Chairs: Robert Combs (lead), Bill Clarkson, and Vicki Harris
Class participants: please be prompt (or early) as you must check in at the security desk and this can take some time.
Directions to Chevron Park from Route 680: Exit 680 at Bollinger Canyon Road, East. Follow Bollinger Canyon a short distance to the Chevron Park sign. Turn into the complex and drive to the left of the guard station. You need not stop there. Turn right and right again into Parking Lot 1, 2 or 3. Enter Building A and ask for “Leadership” at the security desk. Your name will be on a security list. Reminder: You MUST have your photo ID with you.
This session explores the important topics of housing and transportation and the need for regional planning to address these challenges.
Day Chairs: Lisa Bobadilla, Newell Arnerich, David Behring, Robert Combs, Christopher George, and Vicki Harris
Class members gain an appreciation for the variety of issues facing today’s educators and the educational system and gain insight into how these issues impact our local education community (San Ramon Valley Unified School District). Members also have opportunities to observe student learning and school climate through classroom observations and shadowing the principal of a local school.
Day Chairs: Christopher George (lead), Kathy Chiverton, and Andy Li
During this session, participants acquire an understanding of the role communication plays in leadership including the ever-changing role of technology in communication and how the various types of new media influence public opinion.
Day Chairs: Vicki Harris, Newell Arnerich, and Sumita Bhandari
This class will explore the important role that the arts play in a healthy and vibrant community… a do-not-miss and fun class – Cultural Arts Day!
Day Chairs: Mitchell Hopson (lead), Sumita Bhandari, and Ann Lucena
The final class wraps up the program with leadership concepts that apply to both your professional and personal life. The Ring of Reciprocity will reinforce your connection to each other.
The graduation ceremony follows, next door at the Village Theater.
Day Chairs: Henry Perezalonso (lead), Kathy Chiverton, and Bill Clarkson