2020-2021 Graduating Class of Leadership Siouxland

Do you know how to manage change effectively? Have you ever participated in a “Privilege Walk”? Do you truly love yourself and understand how important self-love and self-care are to your mental and physical health? Are you aware of how economic growth and development really work? Do you realize that 83,570 minority patients die annually due to healthcare disparities? How many non-profit agencies in Siouxland can you not only name but explain their mission? Do you understand the different styles of leadership and which style to employ and when? Are you aware of your own personal talents and how to turn them into strengths?

If you are intrigued by the questions and want to learn more, Leadership Siouxland is for you. All of those items are things the thirty-three professionals who will graduate from Leadership Siouxland in May learned during the 2020 – 2021 community leadership development program. The nine-month curriculum provided the class the chance to learn about themselves, their community, and to form lasting relationships with other professionals.  

This year’s program was structured differently due to the constraints of the Pandemic. The majority of the classes were offered virtually, and community projects were replaced by “connection circles”. This change in structure did not affect the engagement or enthusiasm of the participants or the speakers.  We all learned together that challenges stretch us and make us stronger.  

The graduates are now poised to add value and make positive differences in their community. The graduates and their sponsoring organization/business are: Willy Bass, Danielle Gutierrez, and Dulcie Greene, sponsored by Ho Chunk Inc; Amanda Brophy and Erich Erdman, sponsored by Sunnybrook Community Church; Aaron Christensen and DeAnna Pennings Faris, 185th Refueling Wing; Kelly Greenfield Joe Hofmeyer, Gary Main, Nick Morgan, Preston Nibaur, Keri Poeckes – Wells Enterprises, Inc.; Veronica Guzman, Wayne State College; Victoria Halloran, SIMPCO; Justin Huffman, Long Lines; Jenny Joaquin and Ashley Powell, Gelita; Damon Magstadt, Premier Bankcard; Sara Matthews and Tyler Tigges, Great West Casualty; Teresa McElroy, WITCC; Brenda Meyer, NW Arkansas Community College; Deborah Moore and Billy Vogt, Goodwill of the Great Plains: Leticia O’Kane , Great Southern Bank; Paula Parmelee, Foot and Ankle Associates of Siouxland; Heidi Reinking, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce; Pat Rosacker, Central Bank; Krista Roscovius, D2 Worldwide; Stacey Selk, Unity Point St Luke’s; Bre Willems, Target; Leo Woods, KCAU Nexstar Media.

If you are searching for your passion and how to make a positive difference, reach out to info@leadershipsiouxland.org  or contact the Executive Director at 712-898-8594.  

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