Leadership Retreat at Mount Hermon
The two-day retreat for Class 37 was held once again at the Mount Hermon Conference Center. The first day of the retreat began with the usual networking among class members while enjoying some light refreshments. Then CEO/ President of Mount Hermon Mike Romberger welcomed the class. As Bay Federal Credit Union was the Day Sponsor, Amy Ivey briefly spoke about Bay Federal and its long-standing relationship with Leadership Santa Cruz County. She also brought enough stainless steel mugs (swag) for the entire class!
McAfee Fieldhouse at Mount Hermon Conference Center
The first Speaker for the day was Rene Schlaepfer from the Twin Lakes Church. Rene provided a very stimulating talk on “Leading Through Change.” He spoke about how global uncertainty is creating anxiety, aggression, and even despair among many people. He went on to discuss the role of leaders in this environment.
Next, Sarah Emmert - Director of Community Impact, United Way of Santa Cruz County, led a group exercise on how to understand and use the Community Assessment Project. The CAP Is a collaborative effort of nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, and the community working together to improve the quality of life within the county.
Lunch included a wonderful assortment of sandwiches, chips, and cookies from Erik's Deli.
Jennifer Mount, Director at Cabrillo College Leadership Academy, led the “True Colors Exercise” after lunch. This self assessment is a valuable tool to help the class understand their leadership style and how it may vary from others.
Finally, the day concluded with a field trip over to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Interim Executive Director, Dave Vincent, led a walk among the ancient Redwoods. Drawing analogies between some of the characteristics of redwoods and important qualities of leaders, Dave shared some of the important leadership lessons he learned during his tenure as the Superintendent for the Santa Cruz District of State Parks.
The second day of the Retreat took advantage of the outstanding Sequoia Aerial Adventures ropes course and Redwood Canopy zipline tour offered at Mount Hermon. The class was broken into groups to share in this adventure. Fears were overcome and lasting bonds were made as each group made its way through these very trying endeavors.
Thank you to our sponsors!