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Conversations move life forward. They can also stop things from moving forward. Relationships begin and end on conversations. Teams are formed and broken apart. Goals are made, expectations laid out, visions happen, all around conversations. When we face difficult conversations, we can do one of three things: we can avoid them, we can face them …
George Okantey, Purdue Extension Community Development educator in Marion County, was recently named a recipient of the Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award by Prosperity Indiana. The award, which was presented last week at the 2019 Prosperity Indiana Summit, is for his contributions to the organization and to the community economic development …
Three graduates of the Community Economics and Leadership Program (CELP) recently utilized the education they received through the four-month program to develop and carry out exciting design projects! CELP graduate and Minister Alicia Baker from the Indy East Promise Zone was on the national stage when she participated in the judicial and political process by …
Community projects are a component of many of the Purdue Extension Community Leadership Programs across the state. The Leadership Daviess County Class of 2018 addressed active living through their project to install 25 bike racks throughout the city of Washington, Indiana. The bike racks were designed to meet one of the goals of the Active …
This article was originally published in the Tribune-Star on October 20, 2018. In the scope of society, we have multiple branches of communication. The facets we see depend on our generation, tastes and preferences and where we live. There are traditional approaches such as print newspaper, mailers and television but then there are more modern approaches to communication …
Nineteen middle managers and millennials from four community organizations, four city government agencies and three nonprofit agencies recently completed the inaugural Community Economics and Leadership Program (CELP). In addition to earning a Purdue University certificate, graduates received Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 7th congressional district André D. Carson.  CELP is a four-month …
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This article was originally published in the Tribune-Star on June 23, 2018. Educate, validate, and elevate our employees so they can be the best version of themselves, help them in this regard to identify opportunities for mentoring in various platforms so they can grow. Soon there will be five generations embedded in our workforce. The generations include: • Veterans …
This article was originally published in the Tribune-Star on June 2, 2018. How do communities change? The answer is quite easy. Change is implemented through attitude. Although the answer is easy, getting to that answer is much more complicated. Behavior and influencing behavior is much more tedious than we realize. How is behavior influenced? Behavior is influenced by environmental …
Huntington County Leadership Academy congratulates 17 graduates from the 2018 Purdue Extension Community Leadership class.  The group has been meeting since January to develop and strengthen leadership skills and learn more about Huntington County.  Participants were able to participate in tours of and learn more about the following local businesses and organizations: Our Sunday Visitor, …
Leadership Jasper County graduated the 2017-18 class this week.  The Community Leadership Program works to create a network of willing, knowledgeable and committed leaders to step up and make a difference in their community. The Community Leadership Program was designed by several Purdue Extension faculty and staff to assist potential leaders in communities around the …