Mayo Clinic Health System offers Memorial Scholarship for Faribault’s Future Program
The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce Faribault’s Future Leadership Program is proud to announce the Barb Larson Memorial Scholarship funded by Mayo Clinic Health System. The scholarship will cover the full tuition for one participant each year for the next five years. The Mayo Clinic Health System – Faribault & Owatonna, President Brian Bunkers MD said, “This is an appropriate recognition for Barb who was a true advocate for the Faribault community.” The scholarship award will be made by the Faribault’s Future Steering Committee, selecting the person who most exemplifies the traits that were so admired in Barb.
Barb began managing the Faribault’s Future Leadership Program for the chamber is 2006. She had a tremendous impact on the program and on the people who participated. According to Kymn Anderson, Chamber President It was a favorite part of her job. “She often said that despite growing up here – living here for most of her life and going through the program for 10 straight years – she learned something new every single month. She enjoyed the camaraderie with the class, the inside jokes from each year and observing the growth and opportunities that bubbled up within each group.”
In the spring of 1995, community leaders in Faribault were called together for an Economic Development Summit. At that meeting, people who attended were lamenting the fact that they saw the same faces around the table all the time and various community meetings and leading many community initiatives. That conversation was the birth of what we know today as Faribault’s Future Leadership Program. Desiring to encourage and support the leadership potential in everyone, these people, who had all taken part in similar programs in other communities, formed Faribault’s Future.
The program is built on two major components: Personal Leadership Development and Community Awareness. Within those two components the value of team work, project management and community involvement are emphasized.
- The first class began in 1997 and graduated in in 1998
- In 2000 – the chamber became the managing organization.
- In 2003 the Blandin Foundation principles of 8 elements of a health community were implemented.
- In 2006 Barb Larson began managing the program.
- 2009 a partnership with South Central College and Brian Knutson elevated the leadership curriculum.
- From 2009 – 2016 the program enjoyed stability of Barb and Brian managing the sessions
- Brian retired in the summer of 2016 and we knew we were losing a great leader for the program.
- We continued to engage the assistance of South Central College through the Center for Business and Industry represented by Tanja Stading.
- When we lost Barb in December the class was forced to manage that loss along with many other personal losses within the class member’s families.
The Steering Committee pulled together to deliver a powerful program to the class and began the process of updating the leadership curriculum and assuring the strong facilitation of the program. We are pleased to announce that Lisa Sammon of Lighthouse Strategic Solutions will be the new facilitator of the leadership curriculum and provide continuity for the program. Volunteers guide the program through the final determination of the leadership topics and speakers and by organizing the class days around the eight elements of a healthy community; arranging tours, speakers and panels to help the class learn more about Faribault.
Enrollment is open for the 21st class, beginning in September with commencement in June of 2018. Click Here for enrollment information
For more information contact: Kymn Anderson, Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
507-334-4381 – email@example.com