BRISTOL — The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy held its opening retreat last month on Mayhew Island on Newfound Lake.
The inaugural class of eleven students and two instructors gathered in the cool, rustic camp lodge as a fire was started in the open fireplace for warmth. Jim Nute, Mayhew's Executive Director and the Leadership Academy's first guest speaker, welcomed the diverse group with an overview of their mentoring program and some inspiring stories of camp life for the boys.
Instructors and co-founders of the local Leadership Academy, Scott Stephens, Executive Director of Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Ty Gagne, CEO of Primex, facilitated the day using thought-provoking questions and activities, often referencing the pre-reading assignment, "Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance".
The 2014 Leadership Academy class is comprised of 11 professionals who live or work in the greater Plymouth area. The focus of the newly launched Academy is to make connections in the community, encourage networking, foster collaboration and help individuals achieve their goals. Nine monthly sessions are held, covering topics such as history and culture, education, healthcare, economic development, environment and sustainability, human services, criminal justice and government.
The purpose of the Leadership Academy Program is to cultivate civic awareness and engagement among existing and emerging leaders within the region. Program participants are exposed to the many challenges and opportunities facing the region, and are encouraged to engage in those where they can exercise their passion and expertise toward improving the community.