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Reflections from the Regional Leadership Forum

Tuesday, October 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Reflections from the Regional Leadership Forum

Blog by LJ Wilson, DC EPFP

Featuring Tweets and photos from MI, OH, NY, and PA EPFP
All Tweets re-posted with permission. Thanks to our fearless friends for sharing on social media! #EPFP 

LJ Wilson and Michelle Cravez smile together outside on a field.

I visited the Gettysburg Battle Field with my DC EPFP cohort and four other EPFP sites in early October. While on the battlefield, we learned about many leadership lessons, but I’ll share my biggest take-away:

It doesn’t matter what age you are, or what level you are, or how much experience you have. It matters more who, in the moment, has the right idea. And the right motivation and course of action. The idea can come from anyone or anywhere. A good leader is listening out for the right idea.

Later, after the trip, I saw my mentee. She is a student at Columbia University and she is awesome! Catching up with her, I was so excited about her future and I know that she can accomplish anything she wants. I thought to myself, I am so impressed and I trust her.

Sometimes, the right idea is going to come from someone who is younger or less experienced than yourself. I look around the office and our staff has many millennials. I’m not so much older than any of them, but I bring my own perspective and the important thing is that I’m always listening, always learning. This makes me a better leader.

It’s okay to merge your ideas with others, to collaborate for the best solution. We do this all the time at work. With colleagues, everyone is coming from different places. By establishing a collaborative culture, we up our chances of hearing an idea that is right for the moment. 

Gettysburg Battle Field Panorama

Thank you to Bryan Beverly, MI EPFP Coordinator for the panorama picture of Gettsburg, PA!


Takiba smiles behind the sign that says Gettysburg Battlefield.

After a beautiful and insightful day of leadership lessons from the historical events on the battlefield, EPFP Fellows enjoyed a networking reception with 100 education leaders, making up just under a third of our national EPFP cohort.

Roman smiles with people standing around tables in the background, chatting.

Nan's tweet showing pictures with a diverse group saying


Aerial view of reception room with many people talking and eating.

The next day, Fellows visited the Army War College in Carlisle to think about strategic leadership and how do we structure and educate leaders in this context.

Tweet from Peggy smiling in front of a statue.

Heath stands next to a podium at the Army War college.

Carol smiles in front of the podium and flags.


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