The STAND Foundation held its first Edward Coleman Leadership Institute (ECLI) session at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, Arkansas, on Thursday, March 10th. Despite the inclement weather, over thirty El Dorado Leaders were able to come out and share their inspiring personal stories.
The session was full of educational speakers from across Arkansas, as well as an impromptu important guest. Rev. Larry Battles was the first instructor and spoke on understanding leadership. He expounded on building skills in, self-direction, working with others, communication and behavior. Shaylon Ware also touched on having skillful communication, topics included: ‘why communication skills are so important’, writing skills, public speaking skills, listening and hearing and body language. Patricia McCullough talked to the class about ethics and integrity. Ms. McCullough brought along, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. The Senator Obanikoro provided relevant insights about leadership due his wealth of experience as, former Ambassador of Nigeria to GHANA (Four Years), Honorable Minister of State II at Ministry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria, Past Ministry of State for Defense and Chairman of Industry Training Fund.
Session two for the El Dorado class will be held Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at the South Arkansas Committee College. The El Dorado class participants were sponsored in part by Delta Regional Authority.