Shore Leadership tours NASA Wallops Facility

The Shore Leadership Class of 2019 recently spent a day touring the NASA Wallops Facility in Wallops Island, Va. They visited launch sites, a range command center and saw where rockets are assembled.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — The Shore Leadership Class of 2019 spent Oct. 23 touring the NASA Wallops Facility.

They visited the launch sites and range command center, and saw where the rockets are assembled.

Later in the afternoon, the class met with NASA educators, who had them work in teams to solve simulated situations that had occurred on actual missions. The educators also discussed their extensive internship opportunities and their outreach to school-aged and college students.

The class spent time in the visitor center learning more about the history and operations of the NASA Wallops Facility and Space Program.

The class also met with Dr. Heidi Anderson, president of University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; Melissa Kelly, liaison from Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s office; and Ryan Snow, Eastern Shore liaison for Gov. Larry Hogan. The panel discussed ways government, economic development and education are working to change the stigma of the Lower Shore. Collaboration was the main theme as they discussed ways they are partnering to increase access to higher education, provide quality jobs and make affordable housing readily available.

The next morning, the class worked with leadership facilitator Carol Graser on time and energy management. Members of the class spent time working on how they can make changes in their own lives that will help them increase their energy and better manage time. Many or the class members said they often feel they are so busy taking care of their families and work responsibilities that they forget to take time to recharge themselves.

As part of the presentation, Graser shared research on the need for good, quality sleep and that multitasking is a big misnomer as a leader.

The final Shore Leadership Session for the class of 2019 will be held Nov. 20 on health care and workforce development at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center and the Chesapeake College Health Professions and Athletic Center.

The Shore Leadership Program offers executives, managers and leaders on the Eastern Shore the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the issues and challenges facing the region. Led by a certified master coach, participants are guided through skill-building activities and conversation to foster collaboration and problem solving.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Shore Leadership Class of 2020, email shore Interest sessions are being planned for the fall. You also can go to for additional information on the program.

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