CCL Partners with Opportunity Greensboro to Empower Local College Students

June 23, 2017

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Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute

Center for Creative Leadership’s Impact Extended to Interns Through Opportunity Greensboro

On June 1-2, 2017, CCL hosted 53 local college students from Bennett College, Elon University, Greensboro College, Guilford Technical Community College, Guilford College, North Carolina A&T and UNC Greensboro for the Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute, a 2-day world class leadership training program.

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These students were selected for the Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program, a 10-week summer program that engages students with Greensboro through industry internships, leadership development training and local activities so they can experience Greensboro as young, working professionals. These high-quality, paid internship opportunities pool from diverse and local corporations and organizations. Some of which are Global Brands Group, VF Corporation, Cone Health, Samet Corporation, and many more.

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Opportunity Greensboro

Opportunity Greensboro, a business and collegiate partnership, is committed to improve Greensboro’s ability to grow, retain and attract a well-educated and skilled work force. It is focused on improving connections between the talented local 50K+ college students and Greensboro’s business and leadership community to better prepare students for the 21st century workforce.  The competitive program works with the local higher education institutions to match the brightest emerging students in parallel fields to meet local industry internship needs.

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Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute

On Thursday, June 1, these 53 Fellows came to CCL for a 2 day world-class leadership training. John Ryan, President and CEO at CCL gave a welcoming speech. Marin Burton, Susan Reinecke, Monique Steele, and Michael DePass facilitated leadership experiential activities, reflective moments, and leadership essential content that helped prepare these Fellows for their internships.

Friday morning, June 2nd, guest lecturer Ron Lawrence, Vice President of Global Talent Management at VF Corporation, addressed the Fellows with information about VF Corporation and advice on how to successfully complete their internships, which are 10-week interviews.

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The impact of this experience was across the board meaningful and enlightening for the Fellows. One Fellow shared, “it helped inspire me to want to become a leader.” Another shared, “It made me step outside my comfort zone and forced me to engage with my peers.” A common theme in evaluating the leadership institute was the relationships that these Fellows made with each other and with the facilitators. One shared that “breaking out into groups helped me see other people’s leadership style,” “building the network with both members of CCL and fellows” and “meeting new people who shared similar goals” were particularly helpful.

For the 2nd year in a row, the Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute created a learning environment for these interns to grow and recognize their leadership potential. Together, the goals of the Center for Creative Leadership and Opportunity Greensboro was to empower these Fellows with leadership skills to contribute and engage in their internships, communities, and in the world around them. Opportunity Greensboro gives special thanks to the Leonard Kaplan Fund for its commitment to providing world-class leadership training, through the Center for Creative Leadership, to Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program participants.

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You can read more about Opportunity Greensboro’s Fellow Program by visiting their website.

Today’s post was submitted by Janet Carlson and LeAnne Kofford

 

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