Today we heard from Quad City Leadership Academy Graduate, Karen Dahlstrom of Augustana College. Find out how QCLA impacted her and what you can expect from the program.
I had a strong desire to get involved in the community and lead at work, but I didn’t know how. QCLA provided the spark I needed.
Where were you when you started QCLA and where are you now?
I was working as the Recruitment Coordinator at Black Hawk College when I went through QCLA, and I’m currently the Executive Director of Admissions at Augustana College. In regard to my community involvement, that has also grown exponentially since QCLA. I have since gotten involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Heart Association’s Quad Cities Go Red for Women Luncheon, United Way Young Leaders, John Deere Classic Standard Bearers, and Lead(h)er.
How did your QCLA experience impact you?
I was still trying to find my way when I went through the program in 2012, both personally and professionally. I had a strong desire to get involved in the community and lead at work, but I didn’t know how. QCLA provided the spark I needed. Through the program, I gained an understanding of the needs within our community and heard inspirational stories of local leaders. Group discussions helped me gain confidence and think about how I could make a difference. The exposure to professionals outside of my industry also allowed me to expand my network.
Why would you encourage someone to sign up for this program?
When else do you have a chance to go behind-the-scenes at so many local businesses and speak to influential community leaders? My day-to-day job would never allow me to interact with such a wide range of professionals. I loved that we were all united in the desire to serve the community and grow as a leader. Especially as a young professional trying to find my way, the experience was priceless and really served as a catalyst for significant professional and personal growth.
If you would like to learn more about the Quad City Leadership Academy or sign up. Contact Shari or Amy at the Marketing Office,563-359-1099.