DVIDS – News – Lackawanna Leadership Grows Tobyhanna Leaders
TOBYHANNA, PA – Employees at Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills – and their community – by participating in the professional development programs of the Leadership Lackawanna organization.
Founded in 1982 as an affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated over 2,400 community leaders and completed over 150 community service projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA).
The most sustainable effort of the organization is the core curriculum, which consists of ten monthly training sessions focused on leadership development in the areas of project management, diversity and inclusion, leadership humble and more. In addition to the monthly leadership development meetings, participants are expected to complete a service project for the benefit of a NEPA organization.
Leadership Lackawanna’s 2021 core class included four TYAD employees: Joseph Bilotta, Robert Welsch, Francis Wanat, and Danielle Weinschenk.
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, students in the 2021 Core Program have encountered unique challenges in pursuing their goals together in the classroom and within their service project teams.
âThis category of professionals was by far the most adaptable and flexible group I have ever worked with in my 13 years of service with the organization,â said Program Executive Director Nikki Morristell. . âDue to the pandemic, our year has continued to change: in person, hybrid, virtual. We were fortunate to have attendees who enjoyed grace and understanding during an unprecedented year. “
Using virtual dating apps and taking all necessary precautions to navigate a global pandemic, the 2021 Core Program Class has deployed four service projects to benefit the Lackawanna County community.
One of these projects, for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA, responded to a need born out of the pandemic: remote access to learning materials. The cause team worked together to create a video library allowing children to access programs and activities on a virtual platform. They have also equipped and trained Boys and Girls Club staff to independently create content, so they can support continued operations remotely beyond the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, making their services accessible to everyone. even more young people.
Joseph Bilotta from the Tobyhanna team helped make this service project a success.
âLackawanna leadership taught me a lot about myself,â Bilotta shared. âAnyone looking to learn and be part of a team that could truly help their community, while growing as a leader, should definitely consider applying for the program. Bilotta works as a logistics management specialist within the Production Management Department.
Bob Welsch, head of the C4ISR Directorate’s Air Traffic Control and Landing / Remote Threat Systems Division, was also a member of the 2021 Core Program Class.
His team’s service project helped the Keystone Mission help homeless people obtain photo ID, social security cards and birth certificates – essentials for accessing essential services and benefits. necessary to improve their situation. The management team designed and installed a mobile office space inside a utility van currently owned by the Keystone Mission, and hosted a publicly funded event to outfit the van with essentials and supplies Office.
âWorking with complete strangers has helped me change my perspective and understand people better,â Welsch said. “Our project really opened my eyes to how other people look for things that most of us take for granted.”
In support of NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s long-term revitalization efforts, another service project team led the development of the West Scranton Hometown Heroes street banner program to honor local veterans and generate pride in the community. Working in support of the U.S. military is nothing new to Frank Wanat, Logistics Management Specialist in TYAD’s Production Management Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, and a member of the Hometown Project Team. Heroes.
âGetting a project that means so much to me has been an honor and truly a lesson in humility,â said Wanat, who is part of a staff of nearly 3,700 who are proud to support the depot’s mission to prepare. the fighters of our country.
Another grassroots program participant Danielle Weinschenk helped lead a service project benefiting the North Pocono Public Library. In response to the library’s request for a space where it could offer outdoor programming, this Lackawanna Leadership team planned and facilitated the construction of a gazebo next to the library. This new open structure will allow year-round use for library patrons, including its children’s storytelling group and garden club.
As a senior specialist in TYAD’s public affairs office, Weinschenk is no stranger to connecting with the local community. Her attention to detail and natural talent for guiding a team are among the reasons her leadership classmates Lackawanna recognized her as Class Leader of the Year, an honor bestowed on Weinschenk during the graduation celebration. year for the 2021 core program class last June.
âThis experience has helped me grow as a leader, establish new personal and professional relationships, and engage with my community,â Weinschenk said. “I am delighted to have been part of a class that has made NEPA a better place and look forward to continuing to be a part of Lackawanna Leadership programs in the future.”
The Lackawanna Leadership Foundation 2022 program kicked off in September with a class of 34 NEPA professionals, five of whom are part of the Tobyhanna team. Best wishes to Michael Fedorisin, Mariam Garcia, Ricardo Horn, Robert McLaughlin, Lauren Tomaino and their classmates as they begin their Basic Program experience and begin to tackle their own community service projects.
Participation in Lackawanna leadership is classified as non-duty developmental training. TYAD employees interested in this training and / or other non-duty-related upgrading training should consult Employee Bulletin # 43, Non-Tuition Fee-Related Further Training (Tuition Assistance) or contact Employee Development Division, X57104 for more information.
Connecting with the community is a fundamental tenet of Tobyhanna’s long-term strategic plan, TOBY2028. The plan aligns with the depot’s four strategic focus areas: investing in our people, preparing for C5ISR, shaping the future and strategic communications and aims to prepare the organization for future success.
|Date posted:||13.13.2021 11:25|
|Site:||TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPT, PA, United States|
|Hometown:||SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, United States|
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