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VAN Forum

ALVA: Leadership Development for the
Rest of Your Life

June 10, 2008
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Presenters:
Kris Orluck and Mary Kowalski

Ramsey County Library
2180 Hamline Avenue
Roseville, MN

Tom Hyder began with a brief history of VAN and then asked the question of the day:  "What is your best leadership skill?"  Responses included:

  • The ability to look ahead 5-10 years
  • Finding mutually agreeable solutions to complex problems
  • Bringing people and skills together
  • Organization and communication
  • Motivating people
  • Bringing diverse information and ideas into an integrated whole
  • Tenacity
  • Being detail-minded
  • Pulling organizations together
  • Believing in what's possible

Program

After an introduction by Kris Orluck, Mary Kowalski began the presentation by stating that her job, today, was to set the stage.  "ALVA - Leadership Development for the Rest of Your Life" is currently being designed to attract Older Adults and  Boomers, so research was done to determine exactly who Boomers are and what makes them tick.  Boomers will be 1/4 of the population by the year 2025.  Their characteristics are that they are generally highly educated, more racially diverse, with a median income above the average, marginally healthier, comprise a higher percentage of employment, divorced and more concentrated in urban areas.  They tend not to be as engaged at retirement, what they do they do more of, they stick to their own social groups and have an enlarged social network.  If they volunteer, they do so informally.  Boomers in general are more goal-oriented and self-focused, as opposed to having a value or duty-based focus.  Boomers volunteer as it appeals to their self-development and need for social engagement.

The ALVA program is striving to create a new vision of aging Boomers.  Instead of being thought of as "frail," the new vision is of older adults who are healthy and involved.

Kris Orluck began her presentation by having the Forum attendees do a short exercise to encourage the audience to think about who they are and what they're waiting for, and then the group divided into smaller groups to discuss what they learned about themselves.

Kris explained a bit about what the ALVA program is and its goals for its students.
The leadership development class is for experienced adults to focus their energy and discover their life's work.  It is meant to help students create a plan which defines their community, and develop that plan to become engaged and meet established goals.  The ALVA program is also designed to help students form networks that will continue with them far beyond the classroom.

ALVA will be holding classes at Century College, Inver Hills and Bemidji.  All classes will be connected via I-TV for big-picture, broad-based teachings in the morning.  In the afternoon each of the classes will work separately.  Each site will have its own facilitator.  Support and on-line help will be available.

Both speakers encouraged the Forum attendees to consider attending the ALVA classes.

 

FORUM NOTES

Tom Hyder asked the question of the day: "What is your best leadership skill? Responses included:

  • The ability to look ahead 5-10 years
  • Finding mutually agreeable solutions to complex problems
  • Bringing people and skills together
  • Organization and communication
  • Motivating people
  • Bringing diverse information and ideas into an integrated whole
  • Tenacity
  • Being detail-minded
  • Pulling organizations together
  • Believing in what's possible

Program

After an introduction by Kris Orluck, Mary Kowalski began the presentation by stating that her job, today, was to set the stage.  "ALVA - Leadership Development for the Rest of Your Life" is currently being designed to attract Older Adults and  Boomers, so research was done to determine exactly who Boomers are and what makes them tick.  Boomers will be 1/4 of the population by the year 2025.  Their characteristics are that they are generally highly educated, more racially diverse, with a median income above the average, marginally healthier, comprise a higher percentage of employment, divorced and more concentrated in urban areas.  They tend not to be as engaged at retirement, what they do they do more of, they stick to their own social groups and have an enlarged social network.  If they volunteer, they do so informally.  Boomers in general are more goal-oriented and self-focused, as opposed to having a value or duty-based focus.  Boomers volunteer as it appeals to their self-development and need for social engagement.

The ALVA program is striving to create a new vision of aging Boomers.  Instead of being thought of as "frail," the new vision is of older adults who are healthy and involved.

Kris Orluck began her presentation by having the Forum attendees do a short exercise to encourage the audience to think about who they are and what they're waiting for, and then the group divided into smaller groups to discuss what they learned about themselves.

Kris explained a bit about what the ALVA program is and its goals for its students.
The leadership development class is for experienced adults to focus their energy and discover their life's work.  It is meant to help students create a plan which defines their community, and develop that plan to become engaged and meet established goals.  The ALVA program is also designed to help students form networks that will continue with them far beyond the classroom.

ALVA will be holding classes at Century College, Inver Hills and Bemidji.  All classes will be connected via I-TV for big-picture, broad-based teachings in the morning.  In the afternoon each of the classes will work separately.  Each site will have its own facilitator.  Support and on-line help will be available.

Both speakers encouraged the Forum attendees to consider attending the ALVA classes.

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