Chamber Junior Leadership Academy: a unique collaboration

Chamber Junior Leadership Academy: a unique collaboration

Last week, 25 high school students participated in the Chamber Junior Leadership Academy: a unique collaboration between the Effective Leadership Academy (ELA), the Warrensville Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Bradley Sellers, and Superintendent Donald Jolly.

This five-day program provided students with the unique opportunity to learn from many officials, influencers and business leaders throughout Highland Hills, North Randall, and Warrensville Heights.

Each day, the Junior Leadership Academy focused on a key theme, a closely associated skill-set, and a carefully selected staging location. Students explored “outside-the-box” thinking and team dynamics with Mayor Sellers and members of his administrative team at the Warrensville Heights Civic & Senior Center. They discovered the importance of personality awareness and personal branding from the Director of ITT Technical Institute and they learned about balance and goal setting from wellness professionals at South Pointe Hospital. At Cuyahoga Community College, the students learned about the power of positive interactions and clear communication from sales professionals. Wrapping up at Omnova Solutions the students interacted with a panel of business influencers who shared their backgrounds and tips of 21st century skills. The program’s closing ceremony featured a luncheon at the Cleveland Marriott East, where Mayor Sellers and Warrensville Area Chamber of Commerce President, Steve Petti, celebrated the conclusion of this inaugural program.

On behalf of the board directors and members of the chamber, many thanks go to the Effective Leadership Academy including Flo Brett, Founder, Debora Venzor, Community Outreach, and the entire ELA team for allowing us to partner and contributing to our workforce development initiatives.

The chamber would like to thank the following member hosts:

The City of Warrensville Heights
ITT Technical Institute
South Pointe Hospital
Cuyahoga Community College
Omnova Solutions
Marriott Cleveland East

The chamber would like to thank the following member presenters:

Mayor Bradley Sellers – City of Warrensville Heights
Jerome DuVal – Economic Development Director City of Warrensville Heights
Lori Reed – Finance Department City of Warrensville Heights
James McReynolds – Building Commissioner City of Warrensville Heights
Jane Pierce – Administrative Assistant to Mayor of Village of Highland Hills

Gerry Kraatz – ITT Technical Institute
Michelle Martin – Insight Wellness
Mark Kovalsky – ELA
Anna Lowenstein – ELA

Dr. Jacquelyn Bailey – Gov’t & Community Relations & Civic Education
Dr. Robert Juhasz – South Point Hospital
Angelita Olowu RN – Forensic Nurse Examiner
Devon Hickman – Taussig Cancer Center
Dr. Thomas Schalcosky – Cleveland Clinic
Georgia Schumpert – South Pointe Hospital
Dr. Lili Lustig – Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Frederick Harris – Cleveland Clinic

SamBaker – Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Donovan Boyd – Jack Racino
Brian Royer – The Effective Leadership Academy
Chris Crepage – LifeBanc
Mike O’Donnell – Lally Chevrolet
Leanne VanBeers-Werneke – Tri-C Eastern Campus

Steve Petti – New Image Media
Timothy Kulbago – IMAGE IQ
Theresa Carter – Omnova Solutions
Carolyn Harden – Marcus Thomas
Max Sollisch – Marcus Thomas
Danielle Doss – New Image Media Intern

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