Where’s the gap? When I found a gap in my experience, competence or understanding, there was more work to be done. I’m responsible for my own professional development. Here are some resources I’ve used or had recommended to me for my own leadership journey over the last few years.

PLA Leadership Academy 

The centerpiece of the PLA Leadership Academy is a dynamic in-person event, three and a half days of interactive education and colleague networking that will offer thought-provoking lectures and breakout discussions.

Leadership Jefferson County

The program begins with a two-day orientation & retreat in September and concludes with a graduation dinner in June. Monthly one-day forums expose participants to government, economics, health care, education, arts, justice system, business, regional issues, and human services.

Intentional Leader: An Executive Leadership Program

A four-part learning model including Strategic Mastery, Results Mastery, Self Mastery, and Interpersonal Mastery. Nine months.

Table talks Peer Learning and Support

These are monthly discussion groups based on job type, 3 hours each session for 6 months. There is a curriculum with a theme each month.

Bates Information Services

Mary Ellen Bates was my business coach. She is an information professional earning her living as a self-professed “solopreneur.” I’d read about building my own brand before. Using the services of a business coach helped me put those ideas into action and reach the next level in my profession.

Enneagram in Business (EIBN)

Another update to my operating system this year was becoming an associate member of the Enneagram in Business Network. In addition to providing a mentor for my work in the Enneagram, it also offered me the opportunity to develop a project with a small team. I met new people, learned new skills, and fixed some bugs.

Job Now

This resource from Jeffco Public Library offers live resume support, interviewing and job coaching online.

Optimal Resume

This is a career management platform with a variety of tools to support job search and professional development.

Regan Byrd Consulting

No holds barred on anti-racism. Regan is an excellent teacher.

Chicago CEO Coaching

John Trakselis

Never underestimate the value of a professional coach.