The Class of 2020 had its first Leadership & Development Session of the year on February 22nd at First Glance in the Kenmore neighborhood. This session focused on Personal Strengths, and members were asked to complete their StrengthsFinder Assessment before the session.
Jeremy Lile, the Executive Director for Heart to Heart Communications, facilitated the StrengthsFinder program for the new members. Jeremy has facilitated StrengthsFinders for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, University of Akron’s Institute for Leadership Advancement, Mimi Vanderhaven, and Summit County, to name a few. He has also coached many individuals to help them discover their purpose and live out their core values. His experience certainly made an impact on the Class of 2020 during their first L&D session.
Members gained a deeper understanding about the positives and negatives, also referred to as “balconies and basements,” for each of their own strengths. After focusing on individuals’ traits, the group opened up conversation about utilizing the strengths of others alongside their own to benefit performance and efficiency in the workplace.
Lile brought a lot of excitement to the day and encouraged everyone to be honest and open about their thoughts with their peers as they completed the exercises.
“I am inspired by the energy that this year’s class brings to their learning and how engaged everyone was as they sought to understand, analyze and apply their strengths to their life and leadership,” said Jeremy. “They were ready with insights and questions that helped explore the depths of the Strengths framework and I am confident that everyone will continue to apply their Strengths in meaningful ways.”
At the end of the session, the Class of 2020 had the opportunity to learn more about First Glance, which hosted them. Executive Director and Founder Noelle Beck shared her journey with First Glance, from how it all began to now, and what a day in her life looks like. The organization’s mission is to connect students and their communities to Christ and the church through real, loving, and non-threatening avenues. Beck gave the members a tour of the space, which, for those who don’t know, has an indoor skate park – too cool! She then did some Q&A with the new TB’s to conclude the session.
Looking ahead, Lile concluded, “Although we had to postpone our April L&D session for important reasons, I am eager to be back with the class to explore the DiSC Profile. Stay safe and keep leading with your Strengths, TB Class of 2020!”