February 2019

The Cochise Leadership Academy held their kick-off event on Saturday February 23rd. Despite the snowy and cold weather, the event was well attended by future leaders from all over Cochise County.

The Cochise Leadership Academy is part of the Building Healthy Communities Project funded by the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona and awarded to the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Sierra Vista.

The 8 week program is a course designed for leaders of all types, from emerging leaders to those seeking to advance their existing leadership skills. The goal is to create grass roots leadership with a passion to improve community health through policy, systems and environmental changes.

Twenty one participants in the Leadership Academy represent Bowie, Douglas, Benson, Bisbee, Willcox and Sierra Vista.

The kick-off was facilitated by Charlotte Taylor and Kelly Foster from the U of A Cooperative Extension along with the rest of their team. Topics covered were Attributes and Characteristics of an Effective Leader and Four Key Ingredients of Community Leadership. Margaret Hepburn, CEO of the Legacy Foundation, was the keynote speaker and shared her own experiences as a leader in the community in a presentation titled, My Community Leadership Project.

Other community partners engaged in the project are First Things First, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Cochise County Health and Social Services, and the Cochise County Superintendent of Schools.

For more information about future Cochise Leadership Academies, contact Charlotte Taylor, Senior Program Coordinator, UACE, at charlottetaylor@email.arizona.edu

Cochise Leadership Academy Kick-off