News - Sunnyvale Leadership Graduate
27 Graduates from Valley Leadership program
 
A testament to hundreds of leaders graduating from this program is that out of the current city council members, all but one are Sunnyvale Leadership graduates
 
SAM RAO
Sunnyvale, Calif.
 
ABOUT 27 community leaders graduated from the Leadership Sunnyvale program on June 9 at a small ceremony at the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) auditorium in the presence of several city officials and past graduates of the program in place for 22 years.
 
Leadership Sunnyvale’s comprehensive program trains people to be more effective. The program runs from October to May, with graduation ceremony in the first week of June.
 
The program, offered by Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVL), is supported by an alliance of civic, educational, business and government bodies within the Silicon Valley region. The program includes: Instruction and class exercises to encourage leadership skills, seminar sessions and discussions with community leaders, a behind-the-scenes view” of how a city operates on a daily basis, and meet and greet opportunities with leaders and like minded people.
 
“It requires one to attend nine full-day seminars held once a month at various locations in the Sunnyvale area and 8 half-day Saturday sessions, once a month for personal leadership development,” said Vimla Balan, who graduated in 2006 and was present to congratulate the graduates.
 
A testament to hundreds of leaders graduating from this program is that out of the current city council members, all but one are Sunnyvale Leadership graduates.
 
Topics designed to familiarise participants with various aspects of civic duties and participation, include seminars on health and human Services, Government and public safety, education, environmental issues, public works, parks and recreation as well as jobs, housing and transportation.
 
The leadership skills sessions focus on team building, conflict resolution, dealing with change, cultural competency, core leadership values and facilitating the media.
 
Mayor Tony Spitaleri and Executive Director Jim Telfer reiterated that SVL program seeks to develop an engaged and informed citizenry, to enlarge the community umbrella for those who feel disenfranchised and to provide the opportunities for people to improve their communication, leadership skills, and to develop empowered individuals to become effective leaders.
 
Among the graduates of 2007-08 class included Thycaud Subramonian and Amarjeet.
 
Special Thanks, courtsey The Indian Express, WESTCOAST Newsline



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