Sat, Dec. 07

Verde Valley Leadership Class IV hits mid-year mark with Skills Day

Verde Valley Leadership Class IV members with Sir Ernest Shackleton presenters Dan and Patty Engler.

Verde Valley Leadership Class IV members with Sir Ernest Shackleton presenters Dan and Patty Engler.

COTTONWOOD -- Members of Class IV of the Verde Valley Leadership (VVL) program participated in a Mid-Year Skills Day focusing on building their skills in support of community involvement.

"Today's issue day used successful case study examples to examine the true nature of effective leadership strategies," said Janet Perry, current VVL president and Clarkdale Assistant Town Manager.

"The activities concentrated on refocusing each individuals' own qualities toward achieving their own definition of leadership."

The morning began with Gioia Goodrum, VVL Secretary and Career Services Coordinator at Yavapai College. Gioia instructed students on communication skills and personality types.

This address was followed by a workshop facilitated by Dan and Patty Engler on the history of Ernest Shackleton, captain of the ship "Endurance" and leader of an ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in the early 1900s. The Englers discussed how Shackleton's leadership style still applies to our lives today.

Following lunch, students met with psychologist and artist David Van Gorder and his wife, Mary.

David is a past class member of Prescott Area Leadership (PAL) and currently serves as President of PAL. His discussion provided inspiration and insight into "Leadership and Life's Lessons" including "Persistence in Overcoming Adversity."

The day closed with a work session guided by Jodie Filardo, VVL Past President and Economic Director for Sedona.

As students marked the mid-year point of their first year in the program, this exercise reviewed each class member's path and progress toward meeting their own vision developed at the beginning of the year.

The VVL Program inspires individuals to action through skills development and active engagement in the community. For more information contact

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