‘Col·lab·o·ra·tion’ – Food for Thought

As a current participant of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy 2018, I’d like to say I’ve had an amazing few weeks.

During our Orientation, or first session, we were able to connect with our fellow ‘classmates’ and learn a little about each other as well as listen to an overview of the Leadership Academy, history of the Chamber, and history of the City of Aurora, delivered by Linda Pilmer, president , Pilmer Real Estate, Inc.  Our second session was spent at the Illinois Math and Science Academy with Dr. Robert Hernandez, principal.  We conducted a short study on ourselves to determine our personality strengths and weaknesses.

The third session was spent at the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. The focus was Social Services.  Our day began by listening to an amazing panel of women from four Community Based Organizations (Rush Copley, VNA, Waubonsee Community College, and SPARK), as well as Marilyn Weisner, executive director, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.

The panel discussed Public Service and Available Social Services in the Community, as well as a captivating conversation on Servant Leadership, Community Engagement, and Collaboration.  I found this to be most interesting as I never realized the amount of collaboration which goes into these various entities.  Each Service is focused on varying community needs from hunger, to healthcare, to housing, etc.  and have their own unique offerings and nuances.  As defined, ‘collaboration’ is the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

Throughout the discussion, it was quite evident it is imperative these Social Service entities collaborate and intertwine each of their specific offerings with the Community.  The scope of their work seems endless as there is always a need for one, or all, of these services for those who require them.  Listening to the discussion made me realize these services are in no way siloed, but almost dependent upon one another to complete the circle.  True collaboration and Servant Leadership skills were apparent and dominant in this group of inspiring individuals. In the words of Robert Greenleaf, founder of Servant Leadership – Compassionate Collaboration, “None of us is perfect by ourselves.”

Many thanks to each and every speaker, panelist, host, or hostess throughout our Leadership journey!  You are an encouragement to us all.

Lisa Bochmann is a participant in the 2018 Leadership Academy presented by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.  She is a sales & marketing manager for SERVPRO of Aurora, covering the areas of Aurora, Sugar Grove, Montgomery, Kaneville, and Big Rock. 

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