Congratulations East Region Virtual Leadership Development Program Completers

A photo of East Region completers is shown above. A photograph of Dan Mullins was not available at the time of publication. 

Thursday, May 3, 2021

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

In July 2020, the Organizational Design and Development team put out an all call to Valencia’s emerging leaders — those who are open to learning, failing forward and growing. With support from their supervisors, five East Campus faculty and staff members and one Winter Park staff member were accepted into the inaugural Virtual Leadership program, which was completed on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

The Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) offered participants the opportunity to embrace their uniqueness, discover their leadership skills, and realize their potential to influence and contribute to the mission of the College during this eight-session program. This cohort-based program allowed employees to explore behavioral drives, practice employee competencies and demonstrate effective communication skills through self-reflection, exploration, individualized learning and engagement with colleagues from across the College.

Congratulations to these emerging leaders. They shared their experience and valuable takeaways from the program:

“I was able to learn more about myself, my leadership style and engage in conversations that prompted me to think about who I am as a leader and how I can improve my skills. My biggest takeaway from the program is that the essence of leadership is stemmed from inspiring, encouraging and engaging others to be successful. One needs to implement these concepts in everyday situations.” — Student Services Advisor Sadia Inshan

“It was beautiful to work as level team members and to grow together and push each other to truly dissect every topic and discuss how each topic could be applied to our work. I have come away from this program feeling more confident and prepared as I grow in my career. My biggest takeaway is that ‘All voices have value’ and everyone, no matter where you are in your career, can benefit from this leadership program.” — Staff Assistant II Laura Skelton

“The Virtual Leadership Development Program was outstanding. It gave each of us an opportunity to explore significant facets of leadership and look for ways to enhance each of those skills in our lives. Moreover, the course gave each of us practical tools to use in our interactions with others and ways to continue to develop on our leadership journeys. I highly recommend this program to any aspiring leaders in the Valencia community.” — Professor of Math Daniel Mullins

“One of the best parts of working at Valencia College is that everyone is empowered to be a leader, even when not in a leadership position. I am excited to continue applying what I learned in VLDP as I continue my leadership journey.” — International Recruitment Specialist Haley Fox

“I think the biggest thing that I took away from participating in the Leadership Program is an appreciation of the leaders around me at Valencia. I’ve watched our leaders adapt, collaborate, listen actively, think critically, communicate openly and care for both students and employees while dealing with the repercussions of COVID.” — Professor of Math Joanne Kiriazes

“The Virtual Leadership Development Program is an amazing opportunity to reflect on your own skills and experiences while meeting amazing peers and guest speakers. From managing through change to equity and belonging, the program covers the many facets college leaders need to stay aware of themselves and those around them as we work through challenges and become stronger together.” — Teaching Lab Supervisor Chris Brown

The next Leadership Development Program, now called the Emerging Leaders Program, will run from September 2021 through April 2022. Learn about the program and how to apply.

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