News Article

Leadership Conference Set

By Aces Staff
May 2, 2003

May 2, 2003


URBANA—Exercising leadership in the face of a changing, uncertain future is the theme of “Building a Brighter Future: Creating a Climate for Change,” the fifth annual statewide leadership conference sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. The conference will be held June 10 at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign.

“Developing the leadership skills to make the most of the changes that we face is critical to the success of communities, organizations, and agencies,” said Anne Heinze Silvis, U of I Extension program development specialist who is organizing the June 10 event. “This conference is designed for people who are in leadership positions, serve on a board of directors, or are working on community projects, and seek to manage community involvement in those projects more effectively.”

Topics addressed at the conference include identifying demographic trends, defining leadership roles, developing cultural competency, designing change strategies, and involving youth in decision-making.

“This year we have developed a special track that is devoted to teachers and others working with youth,” said Silvis.

Participation is limited and early registration is encouraged. Cost of the conference is $75, which includes refreshment breaks, lunch, and a reception at the end of the day. Scholarships are available. Those interested in registering or obtaining more information can contact Silvis at (217) 333-5126, e-mail:, or by visiting the conference’s web page at: .

In addition to U of I Extension, conference sponsors include: Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety; U of I Child Care Resource Service; City of Monticello Economic Development; Crosswinds Community Church; Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; The Economic Development Group, Ltd., Thomas N. Jacobs & Associates; Heartland Community College; Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs; Illinois Farm Bureau; Illinois Rural Health Association; Illinois Valley Community College; U of I Laboratory for Community and Economic Development; MAPPING the Future of Your Community; Rural Partners; Tuscola Economic Development, Inc.; and USDA Rural Development.