Leadership Greater Waterbury

Leadership Greater Waterbury is a career development and community awareness program coordinated by the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce, an organization which also is partnered with the Naugatuck Chamber and the Watertown-Oakville Chamber.

Participants in the program meet local businesspeople, community advocates, and other local leaders in the Greater Waterbury community.  In this nine month program, participants meet once a month to learn about a different topic as relevant to Greater Waterbury: economic development, history, government, media & communications, education, arts & entertainment, and health & human services.  Participants also complete a community-oriented team project.

Western at Waterbury is very active in this program.  Here is a list of WCSU faculty and staff who have completed Leadership Greater Waterbury:

Dr. Ellen Durnin, Dean of Graduate Studies and External Programs - Class of 2002

Dr. Ming Ling Chuang, Assistant Professor of Management - Class of 2003

Maureen Gamache, External Program Coordinator - Class of 2004

Debra Kinnane, Assistant Director of Planning & Engineering - Class of 2006

AnnMarie Puleo, Assistant Director of Admissions - Class of 2009

Derek Ljongquist, Computer Support Asssistant for Western at Waterbury, is the latest participant in the Leadership Greater Waterbury program.  Here are some photos from this year's program:

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, Branagan Communications Consultants, LLC, Derek Ljongquist , Western at Waterbury, Victor Diaz and Dave Stankus, City of Waterbury build a balloon tower as part of a teambuilding exercise - Camp Mataucha, Watertown.


Derek Ljongquist and others work on a group exercise where the goal was to somehow balance 14 nails on the head of one nail in a block of wood.


Particpants listen to Omar Lahbabi, Operations Manager for VOLUBULIS Foods, Inc. discuss the company's olive oil processing & bottling plant on Brookside Rd.


Carl Rosa,  Main Street Waterbury (R - back to camera), explains a strategy to strengthen the image of downtown Waterbury by putting posters and local advertising in the windows of vacant storefronts.  This particular storefront is on Leavenworth St.


Derek Ljongquist and Catherine Rosich, Mattatuck Museum, listen to a panel on economic development in the Brass City Room, Waterbury Development Corporation offices on Leavenworth St.


The panelists included, from left to right: Cathy Awward, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, Leo Frank and Diane Toolan, Waterbury Development Corporation.  The panel was moderated by Carl Rosa.

To learn more about the Leadership Greater Waterbury program, please click here.


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