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Advancing the region means developing strong leadership

March 14, 2012

Investing in the Partnership means investing in its team. Our investors see us as a vehicle for taking action on the issues most important to the region; our staff is the well-oiled engine that keeps the vehicle running smoothly. Because our economic environment is continuously changing, our staff and leadership must be transformative and innovative; it must think strategically and be able to move the important issues forward. With that, I’m proud to announce that earlier this month, two of the Partnership’s senior leaders, Elisa Degregorio and Kelly Kavanaugh, graduated from The Leadership Institute Executive Transformation Program held by USF Center for Transformation and Innovation.

Kelly found value in gaining a better understanding of her leadership style; learning what works and what doesn’t. Her number one key take-away was that a successful leader really knows their self, understands the environment they’re working in, is passionate about what they do and can instill that passion in their team; effective communication is crucial in this process.

As a new senior leader in the organization and in stepping up to oversee several team members, Elisa focused on improving her coaching and management skills. In assuming a more strategic role for the organization, she learned a great deal about strategy formulation, value proposition, and how to communicate the purpose and vision of the organization. Elisa looks forward to implementing many of these ideas over the next year, and I look forward to observing the results.

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