The Leadership Freak is Coming

Dan in teeThe Women’s Business Collective is sponsoring, in conjunction with Elizabeth’s – An American Bistro, a seminar with the Leadership Freak, Dan Rockwell, Oct. 1
from 5 to 7:15 PM, at Elizabeth’s – An American Bistro, 412 Market St., Lewisburg.

Dan went from, by his own reckoning, influencing zero people to reaching an audience of over 1 million people who follow his daily blog, The Leadership Freak (leadershipfreak.wordpress.com). He is paid to speak at leadership conferences all over the globe, and has hobnobbed with the CEOs of the nation’s largest
and most prestigious firms, and is a recognized expert on leadership issues and effective social media execution.

Three years ago, feeling dissatisfied with his lack of positive impact on others, Dan Rockwell made the decision to walk away from his full time job as a workforce development consultant, and enter the world of social media. Rockwell is passionate, and moved perhaps too quickly, but after a few slip-ups and a few false starts, he emerged as a leadership freak—someone whose words and ideas have impact on a large and very influential audience.

Rockwell has attracted nearly 80,000 Twitter followers (@leadershipfreak), and his blog, Leadership Freak (http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com), is on track to exceed a million views this year. His ideas have caught the attention of the world’s top leadership experts. He’s interviewed and interacted with Jim Collins, author of Good to Great; Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of GE; A.G. Lafley, former Chairman of the Board, president and CEO of P&G; Bob Herbold, former COO of Microsoft; Denny Strigl, retired president and COO of Verizon Wireless; James Quigley, senior partner at Deloitte; and Ken Blanchard, author of over 50 leadership books.

Rockwell has book offers, speaking engagements, writing opportunities and webinars to share his leadership skills. Yet a separate audience is just as eager to learn the mechanics of how he leveraged social media.

At the Women’s Business Collective seminar, Rockwell will focus on The Importance of Leadership and Easy Tips for Creating Your Social Media Platform.

The seminar is free, but seating is limited. You must make a reservation to attend. Please call Susquehanna Life magazine at 570-522-0149 to reserve a seat.

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Camille A. Brown and Dancers will bring modern dance to the Weis Center stage on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored, in part, by Susquehanna Life magazine.

Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown and Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. The company’s work explores typical, real-life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past and present.

Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through dazzling excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, as well as immediate contemporary issues. The work is strongly character-based, expressing whatever the topic is by building from little moments, modeling a filmic sensibility.

The New York Times says, “Every aspect of the dance-making here is thoroughly accomplished.”

Theater, poetry, visual art and music of all genres merge to inject each performance with energy and urgency. Camille A. Brown and Dancers seek to connect with people, make them feel good, provoke, engage and inspire. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at (570) 577-1000. Join us!Image

Look Around You

Take a moment to look around you. If you like what you see, it’s likely that the people charged with the development of your community understand and care about issues that contribute to making it livable. “Good” planning is an issue that’s gotten a lot of attention over the years as people have striven to reverse suburban sprawl and make cities more robust.

We’re lucky that in Union County, forward-thinking planners like Shawn McLaughlin have taken the time to infuse their already-evolved thinking with input from visionaries like Thomas Hylton about what our communities can and should look like. The result is comprehensive plans that really do plan for the future–in a humanistic, positive, recreation-oriented, smart-growth kind of way.

Communities planned in this way are infused with attributes that make them more user-friendly. They include trees, sidewalks, playgrounds and parks welcoming recreators, and rail-trails with protected spaces for jogging, bicycling and strolling, as well as the re-use of existing structures. But beyond that, such communities have worked to prevent or at least minimize the paving over and obliteration of open spaces.

This crusade for good planning was taken on by Pennsylvania newsman Tom Hylton in the mid 1980s, as he watched his small town decline while the surrounding countryside was paved over for a jumble of roads, stores, parking lots, and tract housing.

This crusade led to a Pulitzer Prize, his influential book, Save Our Land, Save Our Towns, the charitable corporation with the same name and a public television documentary.

I remember feeling uplifted and hopeful while reading the book, and hearing Hylton speak in Sept. 2007 when he was invited to Lewisburg to kick off “Cultivating Community,” the Union County Comprehensive Plan.

You have the opportunity to hear Hylton speak when he leads off the “Green it Up Harrisburg” Leadership Training series with a presentation on October 8th.

His presentation will center on the major issues confronting communities, the root causes, and what can be done to improve our communities and our environment. A focus of the discussion will be on the community benefits of
– green infrastructure, like trees
– and the positive impact trees can have on local water quality.

The event is being held at the Civic Club of Harrisburg and is open to the general public as well as program
participants. For more information on the event and the training, contact Andrew Bliss, Grassroots Coordinator, The
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, abliss@cbf.org. To RSVP to the Thomas Hylton presentation only, contact PAOutreach@cbf.org.IMG_9311