The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce’s second Leadership Fullerton class celebrated the completion of a ten-month leadership program with a commencement ceremony at the Fullerton Public Library on June 27, 2013.
Leadership Fullerton is a program that provides City of Fullerton professionals with a unique opportunity to connect and better understand the local community with a focus on business and governance.
This year’s graduate class had a total of 15 fellows two of which were Crittenton Services for Children and Families staff including: Lynda Scarlino and Briana Wheat both Program Directors for CSCF.
“Leadership Fullerton has been very informational in teaching me more about Fullerton and I now have a greater appreciation for the city that I work in,” said Briana Wheat, Program Director of Residential Treatment, CSCF, and added, “I have also learned about a number of new resources and met other leaders in the community that have had a positive impact on the work that I do at Crittenton Services.”
Last year’s Leadership Fullerton graduate, Gina Brunick, Director of Support Services for CSCF knows firsthand the value of these types of training programs, “I have to say that at the end of the retreats I left very enlightened, empowered, and more knowledgeable of how to identify business model strengths and weaknesses.”
Theresa Harvey, President of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce said in regards to Leadership Fullerton, “The program is designed to provide professionals the access and training to understand the components of the Fullerton government, business community, economic climate, social uniqueness, education, public safety and the healthcare system.”
Lynda Scarlino, Program Director, of the CSCF Youth Shelter Program has worked in Fullerton, Calif. for 30 years and says that throughout the leadership program she got to see the city and its residents in a different light.
“I had the opportunity to meet other people from all walks of life selected for the leadership program who work in Fullerton, and there was so much more I learned about this great city,” said Scarlino and added, “I especially enjoyed the visit to St. Jude Medical Center where we visited the simulation room and learned how today’s medical students are trained and mentored for tomorrow’s hospital settings. I was truly impressed.”
One important thing Scarlino learned about her own management style as she observed others in the community lead in their respective organizations was the need to be more proactive than reactive.
“I learned how important it is to maintain a working environment that is friendly and approachable; that staff are included in the decision making process; and that there are incentives available for performance and opportunities for growth,” said Scarlino.
The application and selection process for the leadership program is now open for the 2013-2014 class with a start date this September. Participants must make a commitment to attend all ten of the day-length programs held during the ten-month period, from September 2013 – June 2014. For more information about Leadership Fullerton please visit the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce’s website.
Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966 Crittenton has a highly trained workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive counseling, medical, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a full array of residential, in-home, community based, wraparound, mental health, foster care, and adoption services with a service planning area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego Counties.