United Way launches professional development series for emerging leaders

September 9, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — United Way of Peel Region's Young Leaders Council (YLC) today launched a new program to equip emerging leaders with the knowledge and skills required to make a positive impact in their communities. Step Up & Learn is a six-part professional development series featuring workshops on public speaking, communications, negotiation, team building, professional image and networking.

"The Young Leaders Council is excited to offer the Step Up & Learn series to cater to the growing need for leadership skills development for the next generation of leaders," said Raj Venkataraman, Executive Member of the YLC. "The focused training sessions will help develop personal and professional presence. This is a great opportunity for emerging leaders to learn essential skills, network with peers and discover their abilities outside their normal realm of work or school. We hope that these training sessions will be a foundation for creating a lasting impact in their personal and professional lives and the community."

United Way is working to prepare emerging leaders for success in their professional lives and in their roles as leaders in Peel Region. The Young Leaders Council is a group of volunteers aged 20-35 who are dedicated to creating a legacy of spirited giving and volunteerism within our community.

The skills development workshops will expand and develop professional skills through targeted hands-on sessions. The monthly workshops are open to individuals aged 20 to 35 years and will be led by Michelle Manglal-Lan, a facilitator with more than 15 years of leadership experience in multiple industries in both operations and corporate environments. Individuals can register for one or all six workshops at Registration for each workshop closes at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the workshop.

Each workshop costs $15 and takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, One Robert Speck Parkway, Suite 1100, Mississauga. Participants will receive a participation letter for each workshop they attend and a certificate for attending the entire series. The following workshops are being offered:

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