Getting our leadership on in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Hi everyone. I’m out in Ohio this weekend with some colleagues and youth from the Vietnamese Student Association. We are attending a national leadership conference, called the “Community Leadership Institute” hosted by Neighborworks America.

The Institute “aims to strengthen the voices and skills of community, resident and volunteer leaders. It helps by sharing best practices and solutions to challenges in low- and moderate-income communities.” During the weekend long training, “each participating team creates an action plan for making positive change in their community.”

Last year, our team’s plan was to support the VSA to organize and host a Northwest Vietnamese Student Summit. It was a huge success and attended by nearly 100 people from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and even Canada!

We also worked with the VSA throughout the course of the year to create a three-year strategic plan for the group. The plan focuses on four areas:

  • leadership development
  • fundraising
  • expanding cultural opportunities
  • increasing membership and alumni retention

This year, we hope to build off of the momentum and use the opportunity to advance one of those four strategic areas. I’m really excited to see what the team comes up with. Whatever it is, hopefully it won’t involve fashion shows, pho eating contests, or require lifting more than 25 lbs.

Anyways, already I’m  proud of the energy and perspective our young team members are contributing. We’ll see how it goes! I’ll update everyone on our progress over the weekend.

Update at 4:00pm: Just got out of a great session on Emotional Intelligence and Managing Conflict. What a great topic! It gave me some really good ideas on a future post!


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