Strengths – Based Leadership – Learning As A Lifestyle

By: Wanda Campbell
We are about to launch our 3rd Annual Lunch and Learn Leadership Certificate Program. This year our theme is Strengths-Based Leadership based on the book – Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. This certificate program explores our individual strengths as leaders with a concentration on how to best optimize those strengths in our professional and personal lives.

The Strengths-Based Leadership Certificate Program meets in Athens at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the second Thursday of the month, beginning October 12. There are six meetings scheduled to complete the course. If you are planning to earn the Strengths-Based Leadership Certificate, you must complete the following: attendance / participation in five of the six monthly meetings; complete required reading assignments in the textbook; and submit a text summary (book report). You can also attend the meetings without working towards the certificate program. This year we are expanding the program to the Decatur area. We will meet at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave, NE, on the second Tuesday of the month.

This Lunch and Learn features our Coordinating Lecturer, Dr Robert White and several guest speakers. The program begins with a networking lunch from 11:30 a.m. – noon. Speakers will begin their presentations at noon, and you will be ready to go back to work about 1:00 p.m. Lunch is included in the fee for the program.

The series fee is $175, which includes all six sessions, handouts, the textbook, and your lunch at each session. If you are not sure you will be able to attend all of the sessions or you don’t plan to earn the certificate, you can register monthly. The fee for the monthly meeting is $30. You will have to purchase the textbook separately at a cost of $30.

We will begin taking registrations for the series September 1. Remember we are also taking registrations for Dance classes and Yoga.

The Dance classes will start with the Waltz. Waltz is the best dance to learn because it is the foundation for many other dances. Dance lessons increase poise, confidence, and are good exercise. Taking lesson is a wonderful “date night.” Waltz is scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., September 7 – September 28, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $50/person. You can register online at or call us at 256-233-8260.

Yoga is Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the mezzanine of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $5 per session. This is a Level One Class connecting postures (asanas) with breath, flowing from one posture to the next. The class includes standing and floor postures while elevating the heart rate to a moderate level. This means you will be breathing moderately but still able to speak. The teacher will show ways to increase and extend the pose or keep the pose at a beginner level knowing the participants will enjoy the class but see progress in a short time if they stick with it. Bring own mat, wear comfortable clothing.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262