In keeping with this time of year, 23 participants in Leadership Grays Harbor recently celebrated the culmination of their 6-month program focused on becoming strong and effective leaders in the community. Since 2015, Grays Harbor College has partnered with Greater Grays Harbor Inc. to provide the training, instructed by Chance Stewart.

Leadership Grays Harbor classes take place one full day a month from January through June, providing opportunities to meet others with mutual interests in learning more about the community and themselves as developing leaders. As part of the training each year, the groups organize a community service project. This year, the group volunteered at the YMCA’s Camp Bishop, prepping the gardens and painting cabins.

Graduates in this year’s Leadership Grays Harbor class and their business sponsors include:

Amanda Ashby, Grays Harbor PUD; Kassandra Braden, Quinault Beach Resort; Cheryl Brown, Grays Harbor Youth Works; Amy Carlson, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport; Katherine Closter,; Wendy Collins, City of McCleary; Londyn Deibel, Bank of the Pacific; Misty Denny, Vacations by the Sea; Ian Farrell, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.; Debra Gleeson, Honda of Grays Harbor; Brett Imsland, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.; Alyssa Johnston, Quinault Indian Nation, Language Dept.; Daniel Kay, Grays Harbor PUD; Shilo Long, Great Northwest Federal Credit Union; Stephanie Noland,; Kallie Orton, Aloha Alabama; Tina Perry, Twin Star Credit Union; Catherine Rundquist, Chateau Westport; Leahnel Sias, Bank of the Pacific; Shandrea Stafford, Great Northwest Federal Credit Union; Cynthia Taylor, Rainier Connect; Nina Taylor, Connections; and Karlottah Wagner, Quinault Indian Nation.

Stewart has a masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, has been involved student services in higher education, and now instructs corporate community training. He relies on group discussion, site visits, individual projects and activities to share his curriculum; students find Stewart “passionate and knowledgeable about leadership and development.”

In addition to learning more about how to make a positive impact in their community, careers and personal lives, participants build professional networks and make lifelong friends. They become involved in group discussions on emotional intelligence, teamwork and team building, and project management.

The program originally was started 1994 by Leroy Tipton of the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce and, to date, more than 450 professionals from local business, non-profit, and government backgrounds have been in the program, with the College joining as the instructional partner four years ago. Nancy Estergard, GHC’s director for business training, oversees the development program.

For more information about costs, timeline and application process for Leadership Grays Harbor, contact Candie Gleason at GGHI, 360-532-7888 or [email protected].