1/10/19 Civic Engagement Curriculum Session

Submitted by JHilsher on Thu, 01/10/2019 - 16:22
By Tonya Metatos: Today was our last curriculum session for Cohort 2019. This curriculum session introduced us to Civic Engagement and Board Membership. Civic Engagement is where an individual or collective group identify and address issues of public concern. The individual or group address these concerns in many ways: Human Services, Volunteerism, Voting, Advocacy, Philanthropy, and Social and Community Building. The main way Americans react to issues of public concern is by Volunteering.

12/20/18 Manufacturing & Economic Development Industry Day

Submitted by JHilsher on Thu, 01/10/2019 - 16:20
By Heather Perkins: Manufacturing and Economic day was quite the experience. Craig Clark, from Alfred State College began the day helping the Leadership team visualize what is going on in the county. We were able to explore the heart of the communities and understand that if you work hard in your community to make it better, more people will continue to pitch in and make it strive more, which leads to the result of residents staying here.

11/1/18 Controversy with Civility Curriculum Session

Submitted by JHilsher on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:22
By Amanda Zambrano: It is no secret that, as a society, we’ve forgotten how to disagree with someone and remain civil. As such, I came into our curriculum day on Controversy with Civility with both apprehension and excitement. I can’t imagine a more timely discussion, and I was so delighted to hear Phyllis Gaerte speak on such an important topic. Within the Social Change Model, Controversy with Civility recognizes two fundamental realities of any creative group effort: one, that differences in viewpoint are inevitable and, two, that such differences must be aired openly but with civility.

11/15/18 Industry Day- Healthcare

Submitted by JHilsher on Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:02
By Maria Adam. Hosted by Team Knowledge, this industry day was held in Wellsville at Total Senor Care and Hospice Facility center as well as the ARA/Counseling Center. We heard from a variety of the professional health care services offered in Allegany County and were given valuable opportunities to network with each speaker. There were numerous aspects of the services which I appreciated. One, the services offered by Total Senor Care and Hospice Facility are impressively well-rounded, “umbrella care” as they termed it.

8/16/18 Industry Day- Agriculture

Submitted by JHilsher on Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:28
By Teresa Sparatta: I thoroughly enjoyed our Industry Day on Agriculture. From getting to see, touch, and learn about alpacas, to learning more about the horticulture industry truly inspired us to do more with what we have in our own backyards. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about something I knew very little about when we started the class, and hopefully many of us use what we have taken away from this experience in our daily lives from here on out.

7/5/18 Curriculum Session: Common Purpose

Submitted by JHilsher on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:31
By Bryan Payne: Before coming in to this week’s curriculum session, we were given a question to think about and share with the group at the start of class: if you could be the best in the world at something, what would it be? This personal reflection was an enjoyable and informative experience because, apart from sharing dreams with the class, it also led to us thinking about our hobbies vs professions, general passions, helping each other, and making sure to take advantage of opportunities that can help realize goals/dreams.

6/7/18 Curriculum Session- Congruence

Submitted by JHilsher on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:49
By Belinda Schlafer: Although we are only one month into our ten month program, I continue to be impressed with the Leadership Allegany program and curriculum. Throughout our short time in this program we have been encouraged us to understand our leadership strengths, and how to utilize those strengths within this program, our professions, and the community. Today’s guest speaker, Pam Witter, encouraged us to engage in authentic leadership through congruence; aligning our actions with our deeply held beliefs and convictions.

5/17/18 Judicial Industry Day

Submitted by JHilsher on Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:47
By Chris Vernam I need to apologize for the lateness of this post. So, our first Industry Day for Leadership Allegany 2018-2019 was to Belmont NY for a broad overview of the Judicial System and the different aspects of it, as well as a tour of the Allegany County Jail. We were introduced to a number of county employee’s that truly showed a passion for what they do. I gained a little more understanding of the judicial process from the presentations that were given.

5/3/18 Curriculum Session- Consciousness of Self

Submitted by JHilsher on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:28
By Brittany Richards: This first curriculum day dipped our toes into the Consciousness of Self aspect of Strength Based Leadership lead by J.L. Miller, Resident Director at Houghton College. This session focused mainly on identifying your individual strengths and building upon them. Once you are aware of your own strengths you can seek motivation easier and can have a greater impact in what you do. J.L. touched on the Johari Window, a technique that helps better define an individual’s relationship with themselves and others.

Kudos to Norma Kerling and Michelle Conklin

Submitted by JAdams on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:35

Kudos to Norma Kerling`13 and Michelle Conklin `14 who taught the importance of leadership congruence and the social change model to the students who are currently participating in Leadership Allegany. Students learned that leadership congruency requires a solid understanding of self, integrity, and commitment. To begin with, consider the following poem. Be careful of your thoughts for your thoughts become your word. Be careful of your words for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions for your actions become your habits.

Friday August 21st Agriculture Day

Submitted by ABump on Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:41

On Friday August 21st the Leadership Allegany cohort met at Houghton College where we were informed we would be traveling to Centerville to experience the Genesee Valley Produce Auction. After a short drive to Centerville we saw the Auction pavilion. Sellers were busily putting their produce out for the buyers to see. The GVPA is run by the Amish and is open to the public. There were Retail tables for items available for immediate sale, a food stand with beverages and donuts and of course produce for auction.

Thursday June 18th - Judicial System Industry Day

Submitted by AZurlick on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 17:35

Thursday June 18th the Leadership Allegany cohort were give a special treat when they arrived for their Judicial System Industry Day. After arriving at the Belmont Court House, the cohort was introduced to Jean Levey (Family Court Clerk) Patricia Fogarty (Assistant Public Defender), J. Thomas Fuoco (Assistant District Attorney) and Dawn Wildrick-Cole (Court Attorney). During that time the speakers were able to work through and explain they myriad that is the public court system, and the day to day activities of all involved.

July 9, 2015 - Curriculum Day: Commitment

Submitted by ESpateholts on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:34

Commitment: It's one of those words that makes us cringe most of the time. It's a reminder that we have to do something or go somewhere; it's a nagging or guilty reminder of a promise we made; it often is the thing that makes our daily lives so hectic. But it doesn't have to be those things! As defined by the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, commitment is "the motivational energy to serve that drives the collective effort. Commitment implies passion, intensity, and duration." Commitment is positive.


Industry Day: Education

Submitted by KVanEtten on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:19

On October 16th I had the pleasure of attending Leadership Allegany's Education Industry Day at the Cuba-Rushford school. Several individuals involved in the local educational process provided the Leadership Allegany members with a variety of information relating to educating our children. My youngest child graduated from high school in 2012 so even though I may not be personally affected by changes in public education, the speakers provided interpretation and explanations of these changes.

Walk the Talk

Submitted by CLyon on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:13

While there are certainly many variables involved in what makes an effective leader, a thorough sense of self awareness and a consistent application of one's values and beliefs will inspire trust, transparency, and openly honest communication in order to effect positive change. It is essential for people to continue to learn more about themselves as time passes, and I value the way in which this project has challenged me to evaluate myself.

My judicial experience

Submitted by KOverdorf on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:45

On 06/19/2014 I learned more about the judicial system, than I thought I would. There are a lot of local government branches. I've also come to realize that the local level is just one level of our county government. There are a lot of services that the local government does that I was not aware of. I enjoyed listening to all the speakers, Judge Parker, Michael Regan, Daniel Guiney, and Lisa O'Connell. Judge Parker handles many different levels of the judicial system; he does estate court, family court, and is also acting Supreme court Judge. Lisa O'Connell was my favorite speaker.

Consciousness of self, the classroom

Submitted by SWittenrich on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 08:12

When I signed up for Leadership Allegany, I really didn't think I had anything to contribute or that I would be "good enough". I, like so many in the class, had doubts and fears to overcome. Each week, as we get to know each other better, it has been more comfortable and easier to see why anyone is qualified. You just have to know what your strengths are, work with those, understand your weaknesses and learn to work with those, as well. Our classroom session on Thursday, June 5th was about our strengths and weaknesses and how to best handle them in a Leadership role.

Allegany County government: An Overview

Submitted by MConklin on Mon, 05/19/2014 - 15:51

I was delighted for the opportunity to participate in Leadership Allegany. I love people and am always ready for a challenge. I welcome the opportunity to learn better ways to communicate and work with others as it pertains to my job and community involvement. Each of us knows what we think are our strengths and weaknesses, but I was amazed after taking the "StrengthsFinder" to see it all broken out and how one thing affects another. Having representation from all four domains of leadership strengths serving each team will be most beneficial in the making of a strong leadership unit.

The First Curriculum Day

Submitted by LVooys on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:14

To be completely honest, I was rather nervous to start this course. I have never really considered myself a leader and did not feel I had any of the personality traits traditionally associated with a leader. I'm not assertive, public speaking gives me nightmares, and making large decisions that will affect people stresses me out. Although the retreat was enjoyable, I was still a bit apprehensive heading into the first classroom day given both my fear of the unknown and lingering insecurities about being a leader.


Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 21:36

An inaugural leadership conference was hosted by Leadership Cattaraugus and Leadership Allegany on August 8, 2013, at St. Bonaventure University. Both organizations wanted to continue to provide leadership training for their alumni, and were looking into what type of venue to develop to bring this about. Jesse Gugino, Administrator of Leadership Cattaraugus spoke with Pam Witter, Chairperson for Leadership Allegany, about a conference. A leadership conference was one of Leadership Allegany's strategic initiatives for this year.

Congruence and the Social Change Model

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:32

On July 19, 2012, Odeney Carty spoke about Congruence to the students of Leadership Allegany at their monthly Curriculum Session. Carty, a 2011 graduate of Leadership Allegany, serves as the Associate Director of the Allegany Business Center, owner of rTechCustom Web Design, and holds a master’s degree in Leadership. Carty explained that congruence is when a person’s feelings, thoughts, and views guide both inside and outside worlds into harmony. He spoke about how to deal with an imbalance in yourself or others in the workplace. Carty explained the key concepts of congruence.


Leadership Allegany students toured Sunny Cove Farm in Alfred Station

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:52

On September 6th, Leadership Allegany students toured Sunny Cove Farm in Alfred Station for Agriculture Day. Sunny Cove is an organic dairy farm run by long-time owner Jerry Snyder. The Snyders previously offered non-organic milk but receive twice the price for their organic product. The tour included the milk house, barn, and organic food store. During the tour, Snyder shared his farming story. As a young boy, Snyder did not want to farm, but now says "I love what I do." Helping run the farm has taught Snyder's children to be thinkers and entrepreneurs.

Leadership Allegany March 2012 Newsletter

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:57

Welcome to the March 2012 edition of "The Networker," Leadership Allegany's newsletter. "The Networker" provides regular alumni news, program updates, and feature stories about our current class' experiences. "The Networker" is distributed electronically to Leadership Allegany students, alumni, speakers, teachers, sponsors and community members. To be added to our distribution list, e-mail us or call 585.567.9558.

Leaders Discuss Human Services in Allegany County

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 10:10

On Thursday, January 5, the Leadership Allegany class of 2012 gathered in Wellsville for their Human Services industry day. Leadership Allegany students Ryan Cool (Technology Administrator at Houghton College), Trina LaFleur (Human Resources Manager at ACCORD Corporation), and Darlene Wells (SWNY Allegany County District Director for the American Red Cross) planned and coordinated the morning. Speakers represented a wide cross-section of organizations and departments which address the needs of people in Allegany County.

Students Explore Economic Development

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 09:25

On Thursday, October 6, 2011 Leadership Allegany students attended an economic development session in Alfred, NY. The first panel of the morning included speakers Curt Crandall, Chair of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, Fred Sinclair, Allegany County Legislator and Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, and John Foels, Executive Director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency. Panelists explained the purpose of the Western New York Economic Development Council, recently appointed by the New York State governor.

Leadership Allegany Students and the "BuyLocal" Movement

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 05:42

Students of Leadership Allegany, Class of 2012, have volunteered their time to assist with the "BuyLocal initiative" which is sponsored and managed by the Allegany Business Center. The "Buylocal Allegany County" Business Directory and the online "Taste of Allegany County" websites will serve as marketing resources for local businesses. In addition to an online business listing local businesses can also showcase their products in the Taste of Allegany sample boxes.

Welcome to Leadership Allegany

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 01:34

Leadership Allegany is proud to present the inaugural edition of The Networker, Leadership Allegany's quarterly newsletter. The Networker provides regular alumni news, program updates, and feature stories about our current class' experiences. The Networker is distributed electronically to Leadership Allegany students, alumni, speakers, teachers, sponsors and community members. To be added to our distribution list, e-mail us or call 585.567.9558.