A couple of weeks ago, I took a major step out of my ordinary routines and immersed myself in learning at the Wabash Valley Leadership Institute. I reported bright and early on Monday morning and spent the rest of the week, getting to know my fellow cohort members and learning ways to improve my leadership skills. By far, this was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Although I had to take time away from both my personal and professional responsibilities, it was well worth the sacrifice.
Learning in an intensive, secluded program, like that provided on the beautiful Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus, was powerful. I found myself completely engaged in every aspect of the process from leadership speakers to the social experience of meeting my fellow cohort members.
By far, the best part of the week was getting to know my fellow cohort members. I knew a few of the individuals prior to entering the program, but none very well. Now, I would call any of these great people a friend. Our group was diverse in terms of backgrounds and professional occupations, but what we had in common was a passion for self-improvement and more importantly, a passion for improving the community.
Although I have attended many conferences, this was unlike those experiences. I left campus on Friday afternoon feeling refreshed and energized with a revitalized sense of community. The lessons learned and bonds created during this week will remain with me indefinitely.
– Kristin Craig, Director of Operations and Communications