Torchbearers discover strengths, talents at Leadership & Development workshops

In February, the Class of 2018 participated in their first workshop: Strengths and Personal Awareness. First year members took the StrengthsFinder assessment prior to the session, and facilitator Linda Diefendorff guided the group throughout the process of self-discovery. Members also participated in group activities to show the importance of leveraging talents and strengths within a team.

The workshop took place at First Glance located in Kenmore. First Glance is a youth center that engages and advances members, and ultimately the community, to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The location includes a large gathering area, indoor court, family center, children’s room, and the largest skatepark in Akron!

New members were inspired by Noelle Beck, Director of First Glance, who shared her incredible story of starting the organization at 22 years old. To this day, she empowers leaders within the community. She noted that when individuals are thriving and in a space that they are comfortable in, the entire organization will thrive. She said that if you’re outside your realm of where you thrive and doing what you’re not accustomed to, you will burn out. Noelle explained that in moments of conflict, understand what the root of the issue is, know & explain the why behind it, and do what is best for individuals – they will thrive and the organization will thrive.

In March, returning members also participated in their first workshop on personal branding. Lorraine Schuchart, founder and CEO of Prosper for Purpose, led the session by providing tips to completing a personal branding workbook. Members learned how to design a personal brand to identify their unique value and stand out in their personal and professional lives. The event was held at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch in downtown Akron.

The Leadership and Development committee is looking forward to the next first year workshop in April and returning member programming in September!