Since my last blog, LEAD Polk has continued to provide the leaders of tomorrow educational opportunities to not only grow as an individual, but also as a team by providing educational sessions exploring team building, values and group dynamics.
On August 10th , the LEAD Polk Class of 2017 welcomed Michael Tutterow of Cartersville to lead a class centered on “Understanding Values.” During this session, members explored not only personal values, but also that of the community. Participants also partook in a Diversity Walk which challenged members to internally reflect on what and how their personal values were molded and influenced.
On August 17th, the group was treated to a tour of existing industries in Polk County. Companies that were toured included HON (producer of office furniture), Tip Top Poultry (producer of chicken) and Miura (producer of steam boilers). Participants learned about each company’s structure, the significance of the corporation to the county and the various products produced. This week also brought the announcement of job expansion and further investment into the Polk County community by the HON company.
In conclusion to the August 17th meeting the group voted on a President and a class shirt design. I was honored to be nominated and elected President of this distinguished group of individuals. Each member of this group holds many accolades and to serve as the President is truly a distinct pleasure and privilege.
Elyse Davis, Region Project Manager for the Northwest Region Community & Economic Development of Georgia Power, welcomed members to the August 24th meeting where the topic of discussion was “Group Dynamics.” The LEAD Polk class further explored the stages of group bonding and identified the stage the group was currently in.
Last week’s session again took participants on a tour of the county further submersing the group into the innerworkings of the county and city governments. The group welcomed speakers: Honorable Judge Linda Smith, Honorable Judge Meng Lim, Stacie Baines, Matt Denton, Honorable Sheriff Johnny Moats, Robert Taff, Eddie Mitchell and Jeff Ellis. Along with learning more about probate and superior court, county management, city management and water treatment, the group toured the local jail and learned about the operations both inside and outside of the facility.