WCLI Alumni 2021 think tank

From Ideas to Reality


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Exclusive opportunity for Washington County Leadership Institute graduates!

A virtual network of WCLI alums and local experts  working together to diagram the big picture economic connections; to see how all pieces of the economic puzzle fit together

have you…

…wondered “What can I do?”

…considered helping to advance Washington County’s economy?

…wanted an opportunity to network (virtually) with other leaders?


…needed some way to stay connected?

…wanted to be part of a team that is seeking soluntions?

2021 Think Tank Participants

The WCLI 2021 Alumni Think Tank group met with Charles Rudelitch and Bob Wood to learn about “Coastal Fishing’s Past, Present, and Future in Washington County”.
Pictured: (top left) Charles Rudelitch (presenter, WCLI Tau), Jen Peters (facilitator, WCLI Beta), Chris Bartlett (WCLI 2020), Lynne Bodman Storms (WCLI Alpha), Spencer McCormick (WCLI 2019), Tanya Rucosky (WLCI Phi), Kyle Pepperman (WCLI 2020), Dylan McBride (WLCI 2020), Katherine Cassidy (WCLI Iota and Upsilon), Dean McGuire (WCLI Sigma), Mel Adams (WCLI Sigma), Bob Wood (presenter, WCLI 2020), Alvion Kimball (WCLI Xi).
Participants not pictured: George “Bud” Finch (WCLI Alpha) and Mindy Gerrish (WCLI Sigma).
what does the data say?



    February 12

    • The importance of non-verbal communication
    • Dialogue, discussion, and debating skills
    • Interpersonal communication skills
    • Leading effective meetings: facilitation & presentation
    Networking & Collaborating

    February 26

    • Cooperation, coalition building, collaboration, and consensus building
    • The value of the leadership network
    • Ways to look for commonality in issues
    • Negotiating differences/conflict resolution
    Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving

    March 11

    • Washington County and beyond – the global picture
    • Entrepreneurial thinking and its role in project and program success
    • Problems as challenges and opportunities
    • Bringing out the best thinking in others
    Planning & Organizing

    March 25

    • Ways to engage the group in the planning process
    • Delegation and motivation skills
    • The relationship between power and influence
    • Project management methods
    Understanding Community & Economic Development

    April 8

    • The values of community development
    • The difference between economic growth & economic development
    • Indicators of a healthy economy – including public health
    • Community & economic development resources
    Understanding State & Local Government

    April 29

    • The role of government in small communities
    • Services provided by state & local government
    • Issues and regulations facing our county
    • Personal impact on local government
    The Future! Celebrating and Continuing

    May 13

    • Putting the pieces together
    • Preparing for the future
    • Graduation day
    • Alumni opportunities


    Brian Frutchey

    “Great experience and we got the opportunity to learn more about all the communities throughout Washington County.”  “I feel like I have a better understanding of the needs throughout the county.”

    Joanne Cushing

    “The WCLI 2019 program was an awesome experience. I met some great people that I look forward to continuing a relationship. The places we went and people we meet were truly inspirational. I would recommend this program to anyone in a leadership role or looking to be in the future.”

    Spencer McCormick

    “Every town we went to, including my own, I learned about new developments and initiatives creating positive change in our county.”  “Eye opening experience in the place I grew up.”

    Supporting Professional Certifications

    The WCLI is invested in your personal and professional development, and partners with the University of Maine at Machias to make continuing education units available for WCLI participants.  Continuing education offers a way for you to earn the credit hours needed to keep professional certifications current while participating in the program.  

    To be eligible for CEU’s, you must attend all sessions!

    Providing insight, understanding, and inspiration.

    Washington County Leadership Institute

    Sunrise County Economic Council
    7 Ames Way
    Machias, ME 04654

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    (207) 255-0983