CAMBRIDGE — Seventy-five Shore Leadership alumni, current class members and guests met at the Hyatt in Cambridge on Dec. 3 for a night of congratulations and celebration for the Shore Leadership class of 2019.
This celebration was the culminating activity for the nine-month 2019 Shore Leadership program. All 24 participants received their certificate and award.
The graduates were: Matt Auchey, Michael Bibb, Shaun Bounds, Kathleen Case, Brian Cleary, Warren Edwards, Margaret Enloe, Brenda Fike, Jaime Frankos, Matt Gibson, Sarah Guy, Lisa Hopkins, Danielle Hurd, Deidre Johnson, Amy Kreiner, Gerson Martinez, Cristy Morrell, Amber O’Brien, Karen Roberts, Brenda Roop, Danielle Thomas, Tracie Thomas, Danielle Wright and Robyn Bell.
Members of the class represented government, education, business and nonprofit agencies.
During the past nine months, the graduates participated in a two-day orientation, and sessions in Talbot, Caroline, Kent, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Wicomico counties, and the Lower Shore.
Leadership development sessions included Emotional Intelligence, Transformational Leadership, Adaptability, Managing Energies, Creativity, Personal Mission Statements, the history of leadership development, Building Strengths and Coaching.
Each month featured a different leadership topic in a different county, with the afternoon spent in more Shore-specific sessions. Some of those sessions included Manufacturing, Agriculture, Legacy and the Environment, Education, Workforce Development and Technology, Tourism and the Arts, and Changing the Stigma of the Lower Shore.
Derek White, president of the Shore Leadership Alumni Association, presided over the graduation event and encouraged the new graduates to stay connected and participate in other Shore Leadership alumni events throughout the year.
Everyone enjoyed a holiday meal, presentations by the class of 2019 and a toast by Shore Leadership Alumni Vice Chairman Bryan Newton.
A highlight of the evening was the graduation address given by leadership facilitator Dr. Joe Thomas, executive director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy. He asked the graduates to ask themselves two questions: So what? And what now? He encouraged them to use the knowledge they have gained and the relationships they have built to keep the momentum moving forward as they work and volunteer.
Shore Leadership is open to anyone. Scholarship funds are available on a limited basis. For more information on the application process to become a member of the Shore Leadership class of 2020, contact email@example.com or go to www.shoreleadership.org.