I was apprehensive about signing up for Leadership Northwest because I felt like I just couldn't take the time out of my business to devote to the class. I'm glad I decided to take the chance and move forward with it because I've learned so much and been able to experience things I would have never even known about!
I am a realtor with RE/MAX Trinity and have to be available to meet with clients, show houses and attend meetings. But all of my clients were great and completely understood that one day a month I was attending class and growing my knowledge about the area. If you have doubts about taking the class, don't worry because the class is worth taking time out one day a month to learn and grow in your knowledge about the areas where you live and work.
Every class we recapped the day, what we enjoyed most and the areas where the class could be improved. Each class I attended, I learned something new about a business, service or organization in our community. Some, I had no idea that it even existed. Others, I was aware of, but learned surprising things about each one.
I was able to visit everything from the top of the Alliance Air Control Tower to the inner workings of Bass Hall to control central at BNSF Railway....and so many more fun, exciting and educational experiences!
If I had to choose a favorite day, I would have to say it was Criminal Justice Day. Not only were we able to have a Tarrant County Sheriff's Deputy talk with us about the local jail system, we were able to see it in person. We were allowed to use the tunnels under the street between the courthouse and the jail to visit not only booking, but also the jail cells not in use. These were both places I'd never seen and hope I never have a reason to personally visit!
Another great day was when we visited the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center. I knew it was "some kind of school", but wow....what an impressive place! I would love to see a center like this in every school district in America! If you'd like more information about it, check out their website at https://www.emsisd.com/hctc, it's an exciting program available to Eagle Mountain, Saginaw ISD students.
Not only were the classes fun and informative, I was able to make new friends and possible business connections. It was nice to be able to connect with other business men and women who want to better themselves and give back to the community.
I loved our class project day where we helped out at the Tarrant County Food Bank. It was so nice to see a group of people from different backgrounds and occupations come together and serve in a volunteer position. We love our communities and business and everyone agreed that giving back to our community is an important part of being a business owner.
If you are considering applying for the Leadership Northwest program, I highly recommend it....you won't regret it!
Lori Hankins, RE/MAX Trinity Owner/ Operator of The Werx - A CoWorking Space Azle, TX