Leadership Academy

Presence.  Empowerment. Authenticity

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This year’s leadership Academy was an enriching experience for the ten professionals who attended. The nine-week course included presentations from community leaders who discussed empowerment over disability, expanding vision for success, avenues for advocacy, and conflict resolution. The course included the development and presentation of team projects reflecting the learned skills and a subject needing remediation.

The following photos refect some of the dynamic moments of the program.

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Commitment is “the state of being dedicated to a cause or an activity,” and is the first step toward leadership, according to Jim Robell, COO of Eid Passport, Inc.*


Among the attitudes of great leaders is calm when others panic. At times of crisis, “they think, then take action.”

“When taking action and problem-solving, a leader will choose one of three options – to change the situation, accept it, or to leave it,” Jim said, adding that often the situation needs changing, which opens the door for advocacy.

Desiree and Sean

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Leadership Academy, 2013


When the CCC became aware of the great need for leadership development  in the disability community, it decided to create a curriculum that provides the accommodations, support, and flexibility needed for people with disabilities to access leadership development programs.

The Connecting Communities Leadership Academy covers a broad range of technical and theoretical topics, including study of great leaders, team building, effective communication, ethics, and public speaking. It welcome individuals with any kind of limitation to participate and become the next leaders, advocates, board members, or valuable employees.

The 2014 Leadership Academy will offer a nine-week leadership development course, which will run from 6 – 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning August 5 through September 30 in The Portland Business Alliance Building, 200 SW Market St., Portland.

Applications for enrollment are now open and will be accepted through June 30. Academy enrollment is limited to 20 students.

The Leadership Academy’s goal is to provide persons with disabilities, through an interactive learning experience, the tools needed to participate as leaders in their local communities. By learning the skills necessary to be informed, involved, and pro-active leaders, students will be better equipped to serve as disability advocates in their local communities and state government.

A team of professional leaders representing local government, business, and educational institutions will present on community involvement, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, goal setting, problem solving, project planning and project completion.