Take a leap into leadership with new conference

| February 5, 2020

A survey of Leadership Coshocton County graduates showed that they were interested in learning more about a variety of topics, which the alumni council plans to address with a one-day leadership conference.

The Leap Into Leadership Conference will be held from 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at Roscoe United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. It is open to alumni and the general public. Cost is $20, which includes a light breakfast and lunch.

“We are going to touch on areas of interest that alumni expressed interest in with the survey and reach out to community members who might have heard about leadership and want to learn more,” said Betsy Gosnell, executive director of Leadership Coshocton County. “This is the third year now that I’ve done the Positive Leadership curriculum and I’ve heard so many people say they’d like to go through the program again to learn from it. This will give people little pieces of it.”

In addition to Gosnell, volunteer speakers at the conference will be: Jennifer Bush, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum; Emily Marrison, OSU Extension; Matt Colvin, Ridgewood Local School District; Reba Kocher, Clary Gardens; Amy Crown, Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce; Tiffany Swigert, Coshocton Port Authority; and representatives from Allwell and Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices.

“If you think about leadership it’s not just about being mayor of a city or president of a board,” Gosnell said. “Leadership comes in a variety of forms and part of it is your own personal self-development and that can be mental or physical. That ties into being good leaders.”

Topics of discussion will be positive leadership, public speaking, mental and physical health, healthy eating, the opioid epidemic, community and economic development, and social media marketing.

“Public speaking is something that so many people are afraid to get up and do,” Gosnell said. “Whether you are a leader or not at some point in life you are going to have to get up and speak in front of people whether that’s at a meeting with six people or a larger audience. It’s an important skill to have. We also will discuss things like the opioid epidemic because people want to know what is going on in Coshocton and what is being done. We will wrap up with something a little more fun with social media. So many people have social media accounts for personal or professional reasons. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything with them, but we will show you how to budget your time to make the most of your social media site. We chose some people to speak who are alumni and some who are not to get a nice cross section of the community.”

Preregistration for the conference is required by Thursday, Feb. 20. E-mail [email protected] or call 740-622-0010.

“It’s been fun planning,” Gosnell said. “Shannon Shontz, chair of the alumni committee helped, Lisa Mowery and Jodi Stipes are new to the committee and jumped in and so did recent graduate Lisa McCoy. We’ve gotten great feedback and input. We are not looking to make money on this. We are hoping to be able to do it again, but it really depends on attendance and interest. We’ve gotten some positive responses and hopefully we will continue to get more.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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