Shore Leadership 2.0 inaugural class a success

Members of the 2019 Shore Leadership 2.0 class are shown with Capt. Mark Crockett, far left, who owns and runs the Joyce Marie II ferry between Onancock, Va, and Tangier Island. The class spent the day meeting with island leaders, examining their culture and leadership challenges as the work to save the island from erosion and rising sea levels.

Thirteen local leaders from the Eastern Shore participated in the first Shore Leadership 2.0 Advanced Leadership Program.

All the participants previously completed the eight-month Shore Leadership program. The focus of the program was “Leadership for a Complex Future,” based around the framework of VUCA: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.

Shore Leadership 2.0 leadership facilitator Carol Graser and Joe Thomas led the class through several leadership topics, including “The Psychology of Leadership,” “Time and Energy Management,” “Leading a Multi-generational Workforce,” “Attracting and Maintaining Top Talent for a Resilient Workforce” and “Deep Work.”

Members of the 2019 Shore Leadership 2.0 class are Elizabeth (Twigg) Anthony of Caroline County Public Schools, Leisl Ashby of Wicomico County Public Schools, Ted Book of Eaton Utilities, Trevor Carouge of Provident State Bank, Cathy Cassell of Channel Marker, Georgi Chauvin of APG Chesapeake, Filippa Etherton of Toroid Corporation of Maryland, Deena Kilmon of the ARC Of Central Chesapeake, Debra Rich of Shore Bancshares, Inc., Candice Schroepfer of Perdue, Derek Simmons of Caroline County Public Schools, Sue Simmons of Caroline County Recreation and Parks, and Lori Smith of Queenstown Bank.

In August, the class met at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center on the Chesapeake College Wye Mills campus for a full day of sessions with both facilitators. These two sessions set the framework for the 2.0 program.

In September, the class spent the day on Tangier Island learning about the history, culture and future of the island. The class had lunch with Mayor James (Ooker) Eskridge and retired principal Denny Crockett. They talked about the shrinking of the island due to erosion and the need for additional sea walls to help protect the island. It is estimated Tangier Island loses about 9 acres of land per year. The class visited the new Tangier Island Museum and Methodist Church and then explored the island on their own.

The following day, the class met at Wor-Wic Community College and talked about their experience on the island, and then focused on “Leading a Multi-generational Workforce” with Graser. The challenging assignments forced everyone to approach solutions differently and helped shape unique perspectives. As the class members worked with many different learning partners throughout the training, they were able to get to know their colleagues better and they were able to think about how people receive and interpret information.

On Oct. 10, the class finished their 2.0 experience in Caroline County. They met at the Preston Fire Department for the morning with Dr. Joe Thomas, focusing on “Attracting and Maintaining a Resilient Workforce.” The afternoon was spent at Campbell’s Lane Farm with owner and Shore Leadership alum Anne Altvater. The class members worked through several activities with the horses and walked through “Deep Work” with Graser.

Plans are underway for the 2020 Shore Leadership 2.0 program. A maximum of 18 participants will be selected to participate. To apply, you must be a dues paying member of Shore Leadership. Applications will be available after Jan. 1, 2020. For more information and to get your name on the list for the 2020 class, email shoreleader ship@gmail.com.

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