EMERGE hits the Century Mark

With the Portland EMERGE Leadership Workshop this month, there are now more than one hundred (100) professionals that have participated in EMERGE workshops in California, Washington, and Oregon. EMERGE provides a unique leadership development experience, especially designed for individuals who are willing to work on themselves, their organizations, and within their communities to create a truly thriving sustainable built environment. Participants have ranged in age from 20-70, are balanced in gender, and represent businesses, non-profits, or governments ranging in size from one-person shops to large, multi-departmental entities with thousands of employees.

Generally, EMERGE alumni are at a cross-roads; they are attending because they’ve been assigned (by themselves or others) a task that requires a commitment or re-commitment to leadership. Captain John Hickey, Chief Commander U.S. Coast Guard Energy Program, attended the very first session of EMERGE, and is not atypical: “I was thinking of moving on to new challenges and opportunities…but with the Emerge workshop experience I feel motivated to put in the time necessary to bring our group to a higher level of performance. Our group touches over 8,000 buildings! Thank you.”

Some EMERGErs value the EMERGE experience so much they have chosen to repeat it. Brett de Santis, President of Brett de Santis Design Build, and former chair of the Tacoma Branch of the Cascadia Green Building Council, attended the first EMERGE workshop in 2011 and audited the EMERGE Leadership workshop in Portland. In her words, “EMERGE Leadership for a more sustainable society ROCKS!”
Photo: Participants in the Portland EMERGE Leadership workshop take time to reflect on and complete their personal leadership development plan. They will get a chance to review it with EMERGE Founder Kathleen O’Brien during a complimentary follow-up mentoring session.