Ottumwa Leadership Academy held its May session on Thursday, May 21st. With the community development focus on Quality of Life, the class heard from several organizations including Wapello County Trails, Ottumwa Symphony, and American Gothic House. The class also learned about tourism and took a tour of the Bridge View Center.
“It’s important for leaders in our community to know the excellent quality of life we have in Wapello County,” stated Sue Meadows, 2015 Dean. “The opportunities for culture and recreation are sometimes under-recognized and we want our leaders to know about them, experience them, and share their knowledge with other community members.”
The class also had leadership development as part of their Quality of Life Day that focuses on creating a culture of excellence and ethics – a topic the Director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University (formerly Character Counts of Iowa), Scott Raecker brings annually to the Academy.
“From the preschool environment to the corporate boardroom, The Ray Center is coordinating efforts to create a positive environment of civility and principled decision making in our daily lives,” shared Raecker.