Leader program enters third year
A program designed to further spark the development of local leaders is entering its third year.
And those involved with the Emerson Project feel it is serving its purpose.
Matching participants with leaders in the private, non-profit and public sectors, it’s designed for those who have risen in their organizations, served as volunteers and held leadership positions with civic groups, and hold goals for professional and community development.
Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, who’s served as an Emerson Project mentor, sees great value in the program.
“It provides an opportunity to provide an organized mentoring program with senior executives,” she said.
New applicants are being sought for the Emerson Project presented by the Economic and Community Growth Corp., a 501c3 affiliate of the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce.
Jason Fink, chamber of commerce president, said the program was launched to bring more executive leadership training.
“What is does is give more one-on-one training for people looking to advance in their careers,” he said.
Fink said people are matched with mentors who understand their work while providing them with their knowledge.
The program goes beyond the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lycoming program which hones budding leaders for professional and community success.
The Emerson Project brings mentors and mentees together for both formal topics of discussion and informal meetings on issues ranging from interviewing skills to managing people and business etiquette, according to Gilmour.
“I think people learn from the mentors and how they have managed any negative through life,” she said.
Fink and Gilmour believe the program has worked well for all participants.
“We think we have gotten good feedback about it,” Fink said.
Added Gilmour: “I think the most important thing is that everyone learns from this. It has been one of the most worthwhile projects in which I’ve been involved.”
The 2020 mentorship program, limited in the number of mentees accepted, is to include nine monthly lunch & learns, an evening orientation session, an educational mid-year dinner with spouses/partners, and a closing dinner.
A goal is to bring a lasting relationship between mentor and mentee.
The mentors are recognized business and/or community leaders committed to the future of Lycoming County.
Those interested in the program can contact the Chamber of Commerce at 570-326-1971.