Leadership Northwest Missouri ‘Challenges the process’ | Features


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Brendon Clark makes his way down the zip line Friday, June 15 at the end of The Odyssey a large wood and rope structure at Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Taking on The Odyssey and The Alpine, members from Leadership Northwest Missouri joined together to work their way through the challenges on Friday, June 15 at the Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area rope course.

With 22 members in the 2018 “Innov18” class, the program is designed to bring together community members interested in the regional growth of northwest Missouri through training and networking opportunities.

Members of the annual team are selected from 19 counties: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth.

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Leadership Northwest Missouri class members reach the final task before the zip line on The Odyssey on Friday, June 15 at the Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area rope course.

According to the organization’s website, Leadership Northwest Missouri has become a catalyst for identifying, training and connecting the leaders of our region and is the pathway for effective leadership for generations to come.

“There is a deliberate focus on fostering a sense of ownership for the region – that we have interdependent roles and we depend on each for the progress and success of northwest Missouri.”

Sessions incorporate a blend of classroom presentations and experiential exercises; in-depth examinations of regional issues: agriculture, health care, entrepreneurship, regional awareness, regional vitality and team empowerment.

“Regional-focused leadership development programs are the foundation for building the capacity of individuals, communities and regions to solve their own problems,” Dr. Tim Crowley, program facilitator, said in a previous news release. “Participants develop leadership best practices, establish strong networks, increase ability to solve complex problems and deepen their understanding of regional needs and assets.”

Deb Powers, Executive Director of Leadership Northwest Missouri explained Friday at the ropes course, that the group meets at a different location each month. At each meeting, a different skill is focused on and Friday’s was called “Challenge the Process.”

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Members of the Leadership Northwest Missouri class start the climb up to the top of the Odyssey ropes challenge course Friday, June 15 at the Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area rope course.

“What they’re doing is challenging themselves; to step out of their comfort zone, to do something they may not have ever done before,” Powers said. “The rest of us are here for support.”

At the course, no one is pushed to do more than they think they can, Powers explained that it’s challenge by choice.

“The goal today, is to build more team camaraderie,” she said. “They truly walk away from this, I would say for the majority of them, with a sense of accomplishment. They’ve done something they never thought they’d do.”

Part of the day’s program included a tour of the new Conference Center at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park and lunch sponsored by the park and William Coy’s Farm to Table Restaurant.

The group will have one more meeting and then graduate in July.

Members of the 2018 class and the counties they represent are: Brendon Clark, Coby Keyes, and Darci Shuster, Andrew/Buchanan County; Ashlee Driskell and Heather Olson, Atchison County; Chad Neff and Seth Rector, Buchanan County; Kari Corbin, Caldwell County; Laura McFadden, Clay County; Laura Bray, Clinton/DeKalb County; Alicia Endicott, Daviess/Grundy County; Nathan Jones, DeKalb/Clinton County; Lori Bishop and Tammy Green, Gentry County; Lindsay Oram and Phillip Ray, Grundy County; Ashley Bugbee, Harrison County; Becky Cleveland, Linn County; Austin Hibler, Livingston/Caldwell County; Jessica Trussell, Livingston County; Tami Campbell, Mercer/Grundy County; Monica McCollough, Nodaway County.

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