Davidson attends Leadership Northwest Missouri
January 31, 2019
by Deb Powers, Executive Director of Leadership Northwest Missouri
CONCEPTION, Mo. – Rachel Davidson, CCMH Director of Marketing and Public Relations, attended Leadership Northwest Missouri January 23-24.
Thirty women and men make up the newest class of Leadership Northwest Missouri, an annual series of sessions that bring together existing and emerging leaders from throughout a 19-county region to discover and sharpen their leadership skills, explore regional issues, and build a network of contacts throughout Northwest Missouri.
The 2019 class began with a two-day retreat, January 23 and 24, at Conception Abbey. The participants will gather monthly for day-long sessions in varied locations throughout the region. The series concludes with a July 18 graduation celebration in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Members of the 2019 class and the counties they represent are: Stephen Goss, Gina Lucas, Andrew County; Ashley Mayall, Atchison County; Cameron Corbet, Megan Deppen, Sarah Meierhoffer, Adam Watson, Buchanan County; Rachel Davidson, Devin Frazier, Rachel Hunt, Jake Oser, Carroll County; Chip Holman, Pam Holman, Alex Spencer, Clinton County; Steven Meyer, Daviess County; Jordan Eiberger, Debbie Klommhaus, Megan Miller, Gentry County; Derrick Gott, Jenna Johnson, Grundy County; Annette Deering, Samantha Grist, Holt County; Lisa Geiser, Anthony Ishmael, Robert Smith, Susan Stull, Livingston County; Jackie Cochenour, Skye Pournazari, Nodaway County; Adam Downing, Charlotte Green, Worth County.
Leadership Northwest Missouri has become the catalyst for identifying, training and connecting the leaders of our region and is a pathway for effective leadership for generations to come. There is a deliberate focus on fostering a sense of ownership for the region – that we have interdependent roles and we depend on each for the progress and success of Northwest Missouri.
“The retreat was truly an amazing experience I feel blessed to be a member of this stupendous class of 2019,” said Chip Holman, Gower Mayor, Clinton County.
“The Kickoff Retreat was a wonderful opportunity to not only challenge myself as a Leader, but to learn from the outstanding people that make up the 2019 Class of Leadership NWMO,” said Steven E. Meyer, Daviess County. “I look forward to learning more about the challenges and opportunities that face our region over the coming months.”
“Listening and Teamwork are key components to a successful life,” said Jordan Eiberger, Gentry County. “I have had the feeling of not knowing a group of 30 people on day one, to feeling that you have known them for years day two is something LNWMO communicates.”
Sessions incorporate a blend of classroom presentations and experiential exercises; in-depth examinations of such regional issues as healthcare, regional awareness, entrepreneurship, agriculture and team empowerment round out each session.
“Regional-focused leadership development programs are the foundation for building the capacity of individuals, communities and regions to solve their own problems,” said Dr. Tim Crowley, a local leadership expert who is one of the program’s facilitators. “Participants develop leadership best practices, establish strong networks, increase ability to solve complex problems and deepen their understanding of regional needs and assets.”