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Leadership Tioga 2020 class starts its program

By Eric Reinhardt


The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce says the 2020 class of Leadership Tioga has started its class year. Class participants include (in alphabetical order): Ian Barrett-Sargent, Heather Davis, Glenda Ford, Gary Frey, Vincent Gennett, Megan Griffiths, Abbey Hendrickson, Kylie Holochak, Michele Hughston, Krista Kelley, Julie Kipling, Matt Kisloski, David Lemmon, Emily Mantei, Michelle Pelton, Meredith Sagor, Daniel Scherrer, Lynn Schiess, Rebecca Staudt, Gregory Tifft, Michelle Vandebogart, and Isaac Weber. (Photo credit: Tioga County Chamber of Commerce)

OWEGO, N.Y. — The 2020 class of the Leadership Tioga program, which the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce operates, has started this year’s session of the civic-leadership training program.

The program works at “inspiring and connecting participants to services in our community” by promoting personal growth, leadership development, networking, and skill building, the chamber says.

Leadership Tioga held its opening session Jan. 8 at the new Terra Cotta Event Center in Owego, per a chamber news release.

This year’s class (pictured) has 22 participants from the area and includes a student from Owego Free Academy.

“We are excited to have another Owego Free academy student with us this year; having the younger generation at the table brings a fresh new perspective and viewpoint to our discussions,” Jill Teeter, program facilitator, said.

Various class locations throughout the county give participants the opportunity to learn more about what Tioga County has to offer. Class members will hear from speakers who will discuss topics ranging from professional leadership, volunteerism, performance management, public safety, and human services. The class heard from speaker Robert Williams on the importance of community and volunteerism in its opening session.

In addition, Teeter introduced the class project for this year, which will include community service for a nonprofit organization in Tioga County.

Upon completion of their community service,  Leadership Tioga class members will be expected to give a class report on the details of their experience.

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