Leadership Winnipeg – Class Project 2010-2012
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The Leadership Winnipeg Classes of 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 were and are responsible for researching, writing and publishing a book profiling our community leaders and then celebrating the publication with a book launch party at the end of the year.
To learn to work as a team with people you don’t know and who bring different skills and styles to the table
To develop and strengthen your own comfort level and communication skills in approaching, meeting with and interviewing high-profile people in the community
To develop project and time management, organizational and leadership skills
To learn first-hand from community leaders what makes a good leader and what skills are required
To network with and develop contacts in the community
The class must determine who are the leaders in our community. In doing research, the class will be expected to contact various community organizations for suggested names and use resources such as newspapers, annual reports, etc. to come up with additional names.
Class members will be assigned to teams to do the research and write the profiles, which will include photographs of the individuals. During the first Leadership Winnipeg session in October, each team will start the selection process and choose from any area of interest:
- Sports / athletics (sports teams – players, staff and boards; coaches; training centres; Olympic athletes, organizers of sporting events such as Pan Am Games and Women’s World Hockey, etc.)
- Charity / volunteer / boards (health, social service and self-help groups; community centres; think tanks; environmental groups; granting agencies, neighbourhood groups, etc.)
- Entertainment / arts and culture (symphony, ballet, opera, festivals, theatre centres, performers, arts groups, etc.)
- Business (company CEOs, business organizations, etc.)
- Ethnic communities (cultural groups, economic development and business groups, community spokespeople, etc.)
- Politics (elected officials and staff - city, provincial, federal, school board)
- Media (personalities, opinion leaders, executives)
Each team member will be responsible for two interviews (450 words each) for the book. These interviews will be done outside of the monthly Leadership Winnipeg sessions.
People whose profile will be in the book must either supply a high-resolution photograph (300 dpi) or team members must make arrangements to have a photograph taken.
It will be up to the class to determine the number of pages, size and style (soft or hard cover) of book. This is an important decision because the cost will impact how many people are willing to purchase the book.
Because the book is to be available by June, the class must establish and keep to a tight timeline. Working backwards, the class will need to set dates for the following:
- Deadline for determining who will be profiled
- Deadline for interviews to be completed
- Deadline for profiles to be written and photographs to be acquired
- Deadline for editing and proofing profiles (must include at least a couple of weeks for person being profiled to review the profile)
- Deadline for layout and design of book
- Deadline for sending book to publisher
- Deadlines for book launch - booking location, arranging caterer, creating an invitation list and sending out invitations, creating program – featured speaker?
In addition, once the interviews are completed, the class will be divided into two working groups to look after:
It will be a class decision to come up with a name for the book.