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Academy Graduates Get Ready to Take the Helm in 2015

by Melissa Zimbelman, PMN

Melissa thumbnailWomen's Council's incoming leaders from around the country took Chicago by storm this August, where more than 200 future officers attended our annual Leadership Academy. Academy is so much more than an officer orientation. Attendees leave with the confidence to manage their chapters, as well as new professional connections and knowledge to lead our organization into the future. 



Leadership Academy is an exclusive training event held annually for State and Local Chapter Presidents-elect and Regional Vice Presidents-elect with a focus on preparing them for the year ahead. Women's Council provides these leaders with the necessary tools to build an effective leadership team, communicate the value of Women's Council and develop and implement association-branded programs, among other chapter management skills.

Our volunteer facilitators were well prepared to ensure that each attendee would leave with greater knowledge, new contacts and connections, as well as the self-confidence to take on a new position in 2015. 

Attendees were exposed to goals and objectives from Women's Council new Strategic Framework, such as incorporating more intentional networking activities into their chapter events, the intensified focus on high quality, timely programming and the importance of understanding and being able to communicate the value of Women's Council membership with "one-minute commercials" incorporating key messages of the organization.

Attendees also enjoyed sessions presented by industry thought leaders Amy Chorew ("Technology & Chapter Communications") and Marilyn Moats Kennedy ("Leadership in the Real World").

In anticipation of our upcoming National Conference in New Orleans, the group gathered on Saturday for a "Big Easy" themed night of networking, dancing and fun, including a Mardi Gras mask contest. The crowd voted, and prizes were awarded for the masks that were the "Most Elegant," "Most Blingy" and "Most Women's Council." 

Again and again, we hear from attendees they feel more prepared to handle their new leadership roles because of not only the education provided at Leadership Academy, but also the relationships built with other leaders from around the country going through the same experience.

The incoming leaders are ready, willing and able to plan and execute an amazing year for their chapters and are going to be looking for help from fellow leaders and members. Please reach out to your local, state and regional leaders to see how you can help and get more involved. 

Until next time,

Melissa Zimbelman, PMN 
Recording Secretary
LUXE International Realty 
Las Vegas, NV 

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