Leader in Me touted at seminar

Published 11:24 am Monday, January 18, 2016

Later this month, people from around the world will travel to Vicksburg to see the innovative solutions being implemented in the Vicksburg Warren School District.

The event is part of the Leader in Me Symposium held Jan. 25-27 in Vicksburg.

“The leadership of the chamber and the school district have shown a strong commitment to The Leader in Me process,” said Travis Rust, FranklinCovey spokesperson. “Vicksburg is home to five Leader in Me schools, two of those schools have achieved the Lighthouse milestone by producing outstanding results in school and student outcomes through their dedicated implementation of The Leader in Me process.”

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“We are thrilled to be working with the Vicksburg Warren School District in implementing The Leader in Me process,” said Eli Perkins, FranklinCovey Education Client Partner, Mississippi. “We are also honored to partner with these dedicated educators to help them develop tomorrow’s leaders.”

Perkins said the community in Vicksburg and Warren County have truly made The Leader in Me a success.

“The community, especially the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, sees this initiative as being critical to the city continuing to thrive and in preparing the next generation of great leaders with vital 21st Century skills,” he said. “Education is the key to success and they are on their way to becoming the ‘leadership capital’ of Mississippi.”

Vicksburg Warren School District Superintendent Chad Shealy said hosting the symposium is a great honor for the district.

“We are incredibly excited that Vicksburg Warren School District is drawing such great national attention,” he said. “It’s a tremendous honor to be chosen to host Mississippi’s first The Leader In Me Symposium.”

Shealy said he’s thankful for the vision and implementation of those in the community who made this initiative a reality.

“This event is a culmination of years of diligent effort from our Chamber of Commerce/Vicksburg Warren School District partnership,” he said. “Because of the vision of a handful of amazing Vicksburgers combined with the generous contributions of so many supporters, people from abroad will be visiting our Leader in Me schools in order to begin emulating The Leader in Me structure within their districts.”

Shealy said Vicksburg Warren School District has paved the way for The Leader in Me in the state of Mississippi, and he hopes to continue that trent.

“It gives us great pride to be the example for Mississippi by having the only two Lighthouse Schools in our State. As always, our students will amaze our guests with their direction and grasp of Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders,’” he said. “We look forward to hosting many future events in this wonderful Red Carpet City.”