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Leadership Matters – Press Releases & Articles

NEWPORT, RI: Towns Participating in Innovative Leadership Development Program Report on a Year of Progress

May 05, 2015

Leadership Matters is a multi-phased leadership development program. In the first phase, each community sends four team members for 64 hours of classroom instruction in facilitative leadership, systems thinking, negotiation, and strategic planning. In the second phase of the program, the teams work on an innovation project they design in their respective communities. Leadership Matters supports each participating community with additional training, mentoring, and, when requested, coaching from experienced public leaders. Finally, participating communities come together one year after the end of the coursework to brief their projects in an innovation conference, to share lessons learned, and to begin to create a community of shared experience across the state. Click to read the full press release (PDF).

Newport’s Municipal Workers Improving Customer Service and Operational Efficiencies

July 21, 2014

Focus on Leadership Practices and Effective Problem-Solving Enabling Positive Change. The need to balance increasing customer expectations with limited available resources certainly is nothing new for most employees these days. The City of Newport is no exception, although the workers’ “customers” are the citizens. Continuous improvement to the quality of service with the resources at hand is gaining momentum with Newport’s municipal workers, thanks to help from a local leadership development program. Click here to read the full document (PDF).

Building Bridges in Pawtucket’s Municipal Workplace Paves the Way For Lasting Improvements

June 16, 2014

Investments in Leadership Practices and Workplace Culture are Paying Dividends to the City. Leveraging new leadership tools and problem-solving skills, city leaders are seeing improvements in process efficiencies, smarter use of budgets, and even improved interdepartmental relationships. Click here to read the full document (PDF).

Pell Center receives RI Foundation Grant to Support Innovation in RI Cities and Towns

May 1, 2014

Investing in the human capital so important to Rhode Island’s cities and towns, the RI Foundation awarded a $45,000 grant to the Pell Center at Salve Regina University to support Leadership Matters—a multi-community leadership development initiative in its first year. Click here to read the full document (PDF).

Pawtucket Times – Grebien Takes Part in Leadership Program

April 1, 2013

In an era when leaders are constantly challenged to “think outside the box,” insights from experts on how to better understand important decisions and the best ways to make them can help show the way. That’s what brought Mayor Donald R. Grebien, accompanied by Finance Director Joanna L’Heureux, to a recent two-day leadership session conducted at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University in Newport. Click here to read the full document (PDF).