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By DEBORAH A. MILES
The Leadership Development Program continues to attract PEF members with a pioneering spirit. At a September 20 graduation event, 40 members were honored for not only completing an intense seven-day training held over the course of four months, but for their enthusiasm and commitment to improving the challenges within their agency.
The class consisted of members who work at the state Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), and were selected from a group of 110 applicants. The program is a joint effort between PEF and the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER), and is funded through Article 15 of the PS&T contract.
PEF President Wayne Spence addressed the group in Albany.
“What you learned here will definitely help build ITS, the state and your career as we move forward. I am grateful for the funds made available to you, so you could benefit from this training. I looked at some of your projects, and they all are really great. I commend you for getting them done on top of your regular jobs. I noticed in some of them, when you saw that something needed to be fixed, you did not accept no as an answer. Instead, you took the initiative to address the problem and showed leadership. My congratulations to each of you,” Spence said.
Spence and Lori Zwicker, director of training at GOER, distributed the diplomas to each of the graduates.
Bob Samson, chief information officer at ITS, praised the agency staff saying it has the most amazing people of anywhere in the technology industry.
“This is the largest IT station in the state. You are in the business of touching every single aspect of what the government does and how it works. The state could not work if it weren’t for you and your colleagues. You have the opportunity to change the world. Walk in balance in your personal and professional lives by being in balance as a team. Leave a legacy. Put your signature on what you do every day, and make your organization better than when you first arrived there. Take your best idea and make sure it gets heard and applied,” Samson said.
Kim Loccisano, the PEF facilitator, along with Deb Seeley, the GOER facilitator, said this training is unlike anything else offered to PEF members.
“There is training available based on your title or occupation, such as in nursing, but it is unique that our members receive leadership development training. It enhances their ability not just to do, but to oversee,” Loccisano said. “The individuals also become better communicators, and that helps them not only in their careers but as union activists. In this program, all the participants were from ITS, but we also hold leadership development training for the top ranking members from various state agencies.”
Richard Branton from Advanced Strategies Inc., a vendor from Atlanta, GA., provided the training. For more information, or if you are interested in the next training session, send an email to gro.f1508483270ep@on1508483270asicc1508483270olk1508483270.