New Leadership class forms

A new class of Leadership Cayman is meeting regularly so members can enhance their skills and grow. 

The opening retreat took place at The Reef Resort in East End on 18-19 January. The programme is in its fourth year and has once again attracted an exceptional group of men and women from a variety of industries and backgrounds within the Cayman Islands. 

The retreat is designed to introduce participants to the philosophy behind the programme, which has been developed to enhance leadership skills and allow graduates to assume more effective roles in meeting community needs. The 25 LC members were welcomed by Leadership Cayman chair for 2013, Sheena Thompson. 

Visiting facilitator for the two-day retreat was Peter K. Hammerschmidt, president of Leadership 

Consulting Services Inc., who has been advising executives in leadership, innovative problem-solving, and teamwork for three decades. He is also a professor of economics at Eckerd College and a senior trainer and research associate on the faculty of the College’s Leadership Development Institute: an affiliate of The Center for Creative Leadership. 

“At the opening retreat, this year’s leadership class displayed a fun loving energy as they tackled the various challenges and tasks in the opening programme. It was quite clear to me, as I observed them interact, that they will apply their diverse talents, styles, and perspectives to collaboratively create a better Cayman Islands community. Their commitment to the Cayman Islands and their ability to work together for the common good will serve the Cayman Islands now, and well into the future,” said Mr. Hammerschmidt. “The Chamber and the planning committee must be commended for their work in creating and supporting this ongoing programme. Indeed, it was my very real pleasure to connect once again with the Leadership Cayman Islands alumni group as well. The alumni serve as the foundation for this ongoing programme that just keeps getting better and better.” 

The retreat consisted of a series of presentations, problem solving and team building activities, and included the provision of customised reports on each member’s leadership style. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed the opening retreat. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to know 25 people so fast in my life, and this within a very diverse group. I also love staying at the Reef, so it doesn’t hurt that the event takes place in a true quiet tropical paradise setting,” said Bill Fleury, 2013 LC class member. “Even after I have been to a seven-day leadership development offsite in the past, I still took away very valuable lessons from this one and a half day experience that I will be able to utilize in my professional life.” 


About Leadership Cayman 

The LC programme typically involves two evening seminars a month (every other Wednesday) and class members must attend nine out of the eleven seminars in order to graduate. Seminar topics for the 2013 year will include Media in our Community, Criminal Justice, Education & Workforce Development, Sister Islands Perspective, Immigration, Cayman Islands Government, Human Services & 

Health Care, Financial Services, Stay over & Cruise Tourism, Infrastructure & The Environment, and Culture & Heritage. Seminars will include expert guest speakers from the Cayman Islands. The first seminar will be on 6 February and will focus on media where participants will learn how various media operate and the influence they have on our business and personal lives. 

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