Eugenia Brown’s Chattanooga Intercity experience

Eugenia Brown’s Chattanooga Intercity experience

15th May 2015 Community, Leadership

The Intercity trip to Chattanooga proved to be a great success. It was so humbling for me as young professional to be in the presence of many game changers and leaders in the Greensboro community. Going into the trip I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew what the itinerary and schedule was, but I wasn’t really sure how we could take the information we received to truly transform Greensboro. However, after the first session I immediately became fired up and knew what knowledge we took from this community had the possibility to shape and push Greensboro in the right direction.

There were many components of the trip I enjoyed like, eating lunch on the beautiful Walnut Street Bridge, riding around downtown on the BrewChoo, and of course visiting the beautiful Rock City at Lookout Mountain. However, what stood out even more than all the amazing sites, was the positive energy and collective vision that each individual we came across had for the city. In one of the sessions we spoke to different individuals on a panel about Entrepreneurship in Chattanooga. I was amazed at the number of startup companies in the area and how their community was attracting millennial because of this opportunity. One thing was very evident in Chattanooga, they were listening to what young professionals had to say and opportunity was being created to attract them to the community.

I was extremely impressed with one of the organizations called the Lamp Post Group. This organization served as an investor to many of the startups as well as provided an opportunity and space for growing companies to network and interact with one another. Tiffanie Robinson, Director of Operations for Lamp Post Group spoke passionately about how Lamp Post acted as an incubator for ideas for the millennial population and as a result they had new projects underway like a housing development downtown for individuals looking to begin a startup.

Another unique opportunity we were able to participate in was the bike share program. As a outdoor enthusiast I found this experience very rewarding. I believe that having programs like bike share has the ability to encourage healthy living in our community as well as promote tourism. The ease of the getting a bike made exploring the city that much more interesting. Throughout each session I attended you could hear the passion in the voices of those who spoke with us and see why Chattanooga was chosen as the city to visit.

As we began to evaluate all that we learned from this intercity visit, I am excited about the next steps. It would be easy to come back to Greensboro and let the excitement and fire fizz out. However, it was very evident from those who went on the trip that transforming Greensboro and leveraging our resources and talents to make Greensboro a better place is definitely a goal we aspire to reach. I am excited as a young professional to have had this opportunity and one of my personal goals is to help reenergize the millennial here to get involved and play more of an active role.

 

Growing personally and professionally with Leadership Greensboro

Growing personally and professionally with Leadership Greensboro

27th Feb 2015 Leadership, Profiles

When I first received the notification that I was accepted to Leadership Greensboro for the 2015 class year, I was beyond excited. In my mind, I imagined how the year would go, visualized what my classmates would be like and thought of how Leadership Greensboro would change my life for the better.

I also had a moment of anxiety in thinking about the task ahead. What would I be learning? What qualities can I contribute to the group? Would the class have a bunch of buttoned-up business people with type A personalities and no sense of humor? Would I be accepted among my peers in the group? I thought about all of the things one would expect when embarking on a new adventure without knowing what was ahead. Well, I’m here to tell you that my anxiety proved to be false.

It is even hard to put into words the joy, excitement, and life lessons that I have learned so far from my experience in Leadership Greensboro. Leadership Greensboro has been above and beyond anything I could have imagined in the few short months that I have been a part of this year’s class. On the first program day, it was clear that our group was going to bond and work well together. We represent a diverse group of individuals from all facets of life and all areas of business and industry. And yes, many of my classmates have a sense of humor too!

There are many experiences from this year that I could share regarding the work we have done so far. Our program days challenge us to think about leadership from a variety of perspectives. I have learned that leadership isn’t just about being the leader of a group or the one in complete charge of everything at an organization or company. Leadership is also about collaboration and consensus building.

When we spent the day at Team Quest, an outdoor experiential learning program through UNCG, it Ciara-Marable-headshotgave me the opportunity to put my leadership qualities to work. I found the supporter element of my leadership style coming into play as I supported my team in the various tasks that we accomplished that day. I learned that even as a supporter, I was still functioning in the role of a leader. I didn’t have to be out in front dictating to exhibit the multidimensional qualities of leadership. I have continued to build on what I have learned at Team Quest while being in the leadership class.

Leadership Greensboro has afforded me awesome opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise received had I not taken the initiative to seek a place in this year’s class. As I continue to grow in my personal and professional journey, I will be taking all that I have learned in Leadership Greensboro and applying it to future goals and my life.

-Ciara Marable
Associate Director
UNCG School of Education