Shore Leadership class spends day in Dorchester

The 2019 Shore Leadership Class recently spent a day in Dorchester County, visiting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

CHURCH CREEK — The 2019 Shore Leadership Class was in Dorchester County on Sept. 18 for a session on “Legacy and the Environment,” according to a news release.

The class was hosted by Dana Paterra, park manager at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.

The class spent the morning working with leadership facilitator Carol Graser to develop personal mission statements and learn about coaching for excellence.

One of the class members said, “Carol is always an amazing presenter but this session was one of my favorite sessions. She made me realize that coaching is not the same as mentoring, and I learned how to ask better questions when I am coaching.”

After a lunch provided by Emily’s Produce, the class enjoyed a presentation by Paterra on the symbolism that is represented in the construction of the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center and Museum, the release states. Paterra also talked about Tubman’s life growing up, her Underground Railroad missions and her role in the Civil War. The class had time to visit the museum and see the new movie depicting Tubman’s life and legacy.

Later in the afternoon, the class traveled across the road to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, where they were greeted by Michele Whitbeck, volunteer coordinator for the refuge. The class watched a video and was taken on a tour of the refuge. Many of the class members agreed they would like to bring their families back to the refuge to explore more of the area, the release states.

Class members wrapped up their day with Graser, talking about the impact of their personal mission statements and how they can use the skills from the coaching session to be a better coach to their employees.

Shore Leadership is looking for interested people who would like to attend an information session or who would like to apply for the Shore Leadership Class of 2020. The program will start in April and conclude in December.

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