Archive for April, 2019

Women in Leadership Roles

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Women as leaders – something I’ve spent time thinking about recently, and as one of the latest participants of the Leadership Academy, something that remains on my mind.
I was pleased to see that this year’s Leadership Academy has a larger number of women participating than men, although it shouldn’t be surprising – there are more women in the workforce than ever before. Unfortunately, more women in the workforce doesn’t actually translate to more women in leadership roles. Even in my predominately-female populated profession, men still proportionately hold more leadership positions.

What is holding women back from reaching leadership positions? Beyond sex discrimination, there are women still working in hostile work environments, facing negative stereotypes about women as leaders, as well as facing whatever implicit biases about women that exist.

How many of us have heard: “Don’t take it personally,” or “Why are you getting emotional about this” or some more subtle version of these statements? How many times have you worried, even in the tiniest way, that you are coming across as too aggressive, too “angry”; that if you had been born male, no one would have said those things to you and you would not have thought that of yourself? I’m fortunate that in my career, I’ve worked for and with women who have been supportive of me and my professional growth. But, I have it easier; I’m a white woman; women of color are far less fortunate than I am.

I don’t know the answer to how we combat what centuries of history has built, but maybe a good starting point would be to be more mindful. Be mindful of the choices we make when choosing someone for a leadership role; be mindful about what we say and how we say it; be mindful about to whom you provide professional support; be mindful when recruiting in your places of employment.
Just, be more mindful.

Dana Russell is the Senior Manager of Children’s Services at the Aurora Public Library and earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. She has worked in public libraries for over 20 years.

Our Challenge Today

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

I am very excited and honored to a participant in this year’s Aurora Chamber Leadership Academy. I have learned so much already and met many unique and inspiring individuals, I can’t wait to see what else is to come.

During our recent class on Diversity with Dr. Adrienne Coleman from IMSA, we did several exercises that challenged our own conscious and unconscious biases. I was appalled to realize that as much personal work and growth I had experienced over the years, that I still had unconscious biases to overcome that were buried in my psyche.

What has always been important to me, even as a child, was to defend the underdog. I felt everyone should have a fair shot and be treated equally. As a child I didn’t truly understand what that meant in the outside world. I grew up being privileged as a white, catholic, middle class, only-child in a rural area where everyone looked the same. I didn’t really know what diversity was until I went to college. I went to a large University to expand my horizons, meet new and different people, and have new experiences.

My career goals led me to be in positions within Human Resources that fit my need to defend the underdog and equality in the workplace, so I specialized in Employee Relations. I was the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for one of my prior employers. In addition, I became a trainer for managers and employees on subjects such as Sexual Harassment, Hiring and Terminations, and the ADA.

However, working with Dr. Coleman reminded me that we all use stereotypes to figure out the world, it is how we organize our thoughts from childhood on. Red means stop or something is wrong, green means go or everything is okay, etc. This also applies to how we judge people. Whether it’s someone with green eyes and red hair has to be Irish, or that person has an accent so they must speak Spanish.

Unfortunately, we apply these stereotypes or biases unconsciously so that it affects our way of treating people. This is very important to be aware of when you are making hiring decisions in your business or making connections and building relationships. This particular class with Dr. Coleman made me realize that beating your own biases is not a to-do item to check off your list, we have to constantly be aware of the warning signs of bias as we encounter more challenging situations and meet new people. Even how we do business is constantly changing; if we don’t change too, we will become obsolete. Diversity is no longer a fight for equality, it is how business is done. It must be mindful and thoughtful. As a result, your business and flow of creative ideas will naturally increase. Capitalize on the special talents given to each of your employees because of who they are and what they bring to the job to the highest extent possible. This is our challenge today.

Kerry Rieder-McLaughlin works as a Human Resources Consultant, along with her husband Kenneth S. McLaughlin, Jr., attorney-at-law, at the Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C. in Aurora. She earned a BS at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Public Relations and an MSIR from Loyola University-Chicago. She has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources within a variety of industries.

April 29, 2019: This Week’s #AuroraChamber News

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Save the Date: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic July 11th

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Clearview Sales Solutions
Mark Taylor
Batavia 60510
(630) 406-9582
Sales Consultant

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Orochem      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Crain’s Small Business Forum
Business Growth Strategy
Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurora-chamber.com

Announcements, Programs from #AuroraChamber

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Henning to Step Down for New Role »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Andy Guzauskas, Aurora Regional Chamber board chair, has announced that Joseph Henning, president and CEO, has resigned his position to accept a similar role out of state.

“While the board and I are sad to lose Joe,” Guzauskas adds, “we appreciate the leadership and passion for the community that Joe has exhibited during the 14 years he served the chamber. We absolutely wish him the best in his new role.”

“The opportunity to serve the Aurora Regional Chamber, its membership, and the community for the past 14 years has been the professional experience of a lifetime,” Henning states. “I am thankful for the personal and professional growth this organization and its leadership has allowed me.”

Henning’s last day will be Friday, May 24, 2019.

Guzauskas states the board is currently working on the details of a transition plan with Henning and will begin a search in the near future.

To read the full announcement, click here.

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Paychex
Juan Ramirez
27545 Diehl Road
Warrenville 60555
(708) 288-2138
Payroll, HR services

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Orochem      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by T-Mobile

Groundbreaking: NorthStar Credit Union
Friday, April 26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Corner of Ashbury Drive and New York Street.
Ground Breaking @ 2 p.m.

Grand Opening: Orchard Wine and Liquor
Friday, April. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
1039 W. Orchard Road, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Crain’s Small Business Forum
Business Growth Strategy
Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurora-chamber.com

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Andy Guzauskas, board chair for the Aurora Regional Chamber, has announced that Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO, has resigned his position to accept a similar role out of state.

“While the board and I are sad to lose Joe,” Guzauskas adds, “we appreciate the leadership and passion for the community that Joe has exhibited during the 14 years he  served the chamber. We absolutely wish him the best in his new role.”

“The opportunity to serve the Aurora Regional Chamber, its membership, and the community for the past 14 years has been the professional experience of a lifetime,” Henning states. “I am thankful for the personal and professional growth this organization and its leadership has allowed me.”

Among the accomplishments of his tenure, the chamber reports:

  • The chamber was named Illinois Chamber of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives;
  • It achieved consecutive five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber Foundation in 2012 and 2017;
  • It added programs and services to provide benefit to members;
  • It urged the establishment of a public-private partnership (Invest Aurora) to spearhead economic development efforts;
  • It coordinated collaborations with education, business, and government to combine resources and reduce duplication of services; and
  • It established workforce development priorities to include the voice of employers.

“Workforce development and education attainment have long been a passion of mine,” Henning states. “Working with educational institutions and employers to identify opportunities and find solutions to our employers’ needs continues to be one of the most exciting experiences.”

From the established Pathways to Prosperity and Manufacturing Careers Internship Program to the newer Second Chance program, supporting students with disabilities, and the upskilling of current employees, the Aurora Regional Chamber and its many collaborative partners have established itself as a leader in providing solutions to a nationwide issue, Henning adds.

“I will be forever grateful for the team members, board members, volunteers, and community leaders that have been champions for the Aurora region with me,” Henning concludes. “The Chamber is a remarkable place to work. The region is a wonderful community in which to live. It is a perfect time for the Chamber to bring in fresh leadership. I look forward to following the continued impact that the Aurora Chamber accomplishes.”

Henning’s last day will be Friday, May 24, 2019.

Guzauskas states the board is currently working on the details of a transition plan with Henning and will begin a search in the near future.​

Pre-App Workshop Held for 2020 CDBG

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Hear About the New Smart Kiosks Coming to Town

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

#AuroraChamber News for April 15, 2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
Member News »
Welcome New Members »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Public Policy Updates

Business Registration: The City of Aurora is developing a proposed business registration program for City Council consideration. The proposal was recently shared with the Special Ordinance Committee of the City Council. If you have thoughts or comments to share, please contact the Aurora Chamber at jhenning@aurorachamber.com

Data Center Bill Passes First Hurdle »
Ill. Chamber Backs Transportation Modernization Plan »
City of Aurora Launches Engagement Website »
House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
COGFA Issues Report on State Employee Group Insurance »
Major Sports Wagering Proposals Introduced »
Tobacco 21 to Governor »
Consumer Liquor Home Delivery Passes Committee »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
COGFA Reports on Impact of Local Government Pensions »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
House Republicans File Resolution Opposing Gov. Pritzker’s Unfair Tax »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd    Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions     Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA        Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY     World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, April 16, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee with Congress: Rep. Lauren Underwood
Friday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »
Historical Society Displays Crosses »
Join JA at the Middle School Career Fair »
Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2019 Western Junior »
Learn the Signs of Teen Dating Violence »
Leadership Is Service »
Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location »
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »

Welcome New Members

DR Horton
750 E. Bunker Hill Court
Vernon Hills 60061
(847) 863-4211
Developers

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

Facebook    Blog    Twitter

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurora-chamber.com

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The spring fundraiser for the Aurora Historical Society will be a tribute to 170th anniversary of the Burlington Railroad in Aurora.  There will be drinks, a buffet supper and a showing of a classic train film at Two Brothers Roundhouse,  205 North  Broadway, Aurora 60505.  Executive Director John Jaros will speak about Aurora’s railroad history and the Burlington.

The film is the 1934 classic “Silver Streak” with stars of the day Charles Starrett, Sally Blane, and William Farnum.  Although an actor portrayed the engineer in the movie,  driving the train for the movie was Aurora’s own Jack Ford.

“The Burlington  wouldn’t let anybody else touch those controls,” according to Jaros.  And with good reason.  Ford was the engineer who set a new record for non-stop speed and distance with his legendary 13-hour run from Denver to Chicago on May 26, 1934.

“The Zephyr was the rock star of the railroading world in the 1930s,” said historical society President Mary Clark Ormond.  “Suddenly, bursting from the Industrial Age world of the steam-driven Iron Horse,  came this sleek steel beauty of the Jazz Age.  People couldn’t get enough of it.  No wonder Hollywood made a movie with the Zephyr as the star.”

The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person ($60 for members) and may be purchased online at www.aurorahistory.net, by calling (630) 906-0650, or by sending a check to the historical society at P.O. Box 905, Aurora, IL 60507.

Leadership Flexibility

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The word leadership is something that has developed more meaning and depth for me within the last weeks in the academy. A reoccurring theme that keeps appearing throughout the various sessions with different leaders is the notion of perspective and understanding. Something I never thought to be correlated with leadership, but now has shifted. The understanding of different leadership styles, being able to understand people’s perspective in order to have effective leadership.

We’ve covered through different theories of leadership styles and characteristics but the ability to be understanding of the person’s perspective in order to be an effective leader has been very salient in presentation. From understanding that a company is not meeting targets and seeking innovative ways to transform this culture to being able to understand staff impact and perspective by this shift. The understanding of leadership theory (theory y, soft x, and hard x) and knowing when to use them depending on the the circumstance.

It’s been quite eye opening in being in tune with my own leadership style and when to adjust the “getting a task done” with building a level of understanding in order to complete the initiative to the fullest potential. It’s been especially interesting to learn the different forms of effective leadership from all hierarchal  standpoints and with different levels of authority. I love being able to challenge myself to think about these presentations and become a change agent.

Miriam Meza is the communications manager at the Aurora Public Library. Miriam earned her masters in higher education from Northern Illinois University. She currently lives in Aurora with fiancé and beagle.