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Birds of a Feather Sessions Coming to Leadership Summit

In years past, the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities, formerly the SC Obesity Summit, included skill-building sessions to support the development, growth, and sustainability of local community coalitions. This year, we’re bringing those skill-building sessions back to the Summit under the name Birds of a Feather.

What exactly is a Birds of a Feather session? They’re informal gatherings of like-minded individuals who want to discuss a certain topic without a pre-planned agenda. They’re also a great way to meet other community members with similar interests. Birds of a Feather sessions often focus on audience-driven discussion, professional networking and grassroots participation.

There will be two Birds of a Feather sessions at the Leadership Summit:

  1. Coalition Leadership, Monday, October 23, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    LiveWell Greenville’s Sally Wills and ESMMSC’s Kelsey Allen will lead a discussion on coalition leadership. Effectively leading a community coalition can be both rewarding and challenging. This session will help local coalition leaders identify their personal leadership style through self-assessment tools such as the DISC assessment and the Meyers-Briggs test. Based on these results, leaders will determine strategies for creating a well-balanced and effective coalition.
  2. Civics 101 & How to Advocate Locally, Tuesday, October 24, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    SC Recreation and Parks Association’s Jim Headley and ESMMSC’s Hannah Walters will lead a discussion on Civics and How to Advocate Locally. It’s been years since we all had high school civics, and many things may have escaped our memory. And, because each local government runs differently, the advocacy process differs. Get a refresher on civics and learn how to effectively advocate for local healthy eating, active living policies. Learn from others in the session and build new relationships to support your local advocacy efforts.

Take advantage of these new Birds of a Feather sessions at the Leadership Summit, October 23-24 in downtown Columbia. Register online today!