Members and businesses from the Warrensville Heights Area Chamber of Commerce offered their experiences and perspectives to students enrolled in the Chamber Leadership Academy program developed by the Effective Leadership Academy. The week’s events from June 3rd through the 7th where hosted at member businesses ABB, South Pointe Hospital, Warrensville Heights Family YMCA, Cuyahoga Community College, and Omnova Solutions. Each day included activities to improve the students’ skills set, supported by guest speakers from the Chamber on the day’s topic.
On Tuesday June 4th, ABB opened their facility doors to host the CLA Program. Vice President, US Life Cycle Services for ABB, Andy Kovach, remarked on ABB’s involvement, “With its membership in the WHACC, ABB feels that we need to do all that we can to support the local community and especially efforts in education and development of our local youth. The goals of the ELA to promote resiliency and leadership skills in the youth of today align exactly with ABB company values. We feel that in providing exposure to companies like ABB we will provide a small but unique opportunity to local youth to learn about business and leadership skills. This can spark interest in our technology and hopefully provide the resources that we will need in the near future to continue to compete in our global markets.”
While at ABB, President of W. F. Hann & Sons, Karen Johnson, spoke to the students about identity awareness. She remarked, “Volunteering at the Warrensville Heights Leadership Academy was an honor and pleasure for me. As the first female president at W.F. Hann & Sons, it was an honor to share my journey of discovery in my profession. I felt an obligation to share my journey with these young students and how important it is to know yourself, your worth and that everyone’s path to success looks different!”
From a thank you letter written by a participating student we received at the Chamber office, “We will remember your inspirational words everyday as we live. Thank you.”