Dahill Participates in the 2016 Leadership Wyoming Program

December 14, 2015

Teton Village Tram.jpgLeadership Wyoming was formed in 1999 and is a partnership with the Wyoming Heritage Foundation and the University of Wyoming.  Each year approximately 40 Wyoming leaders are selected to participate in a challenging 9-month educational program, which consists of a two-day Orientation, three-day Retreat, five three-day Program Sessions, and the Graduation Program.  This program develops leaders in the State who will examine major elements of life, business, and government through participating in presentations by guest speakers, panel discussions, site tours, and group problem-solving exercises.  

The first Leadership Wyoming class started in 2000 and, 15 years later, they are proud to have 622 graduates, with the class of 2016 in process.  Members of this program believe in the potential of our State; they want to improve and lead Wyoming into the future by sharing ideas, networking with others, getting involved, and hard work.

Program Alumni include such leaders as Governor Matt Mead, Former First Lady and Federal Judge Nancy Freudenthal, United States Senator John Barrasso, Adjutant General Luke Reiner, and over 15 legislators of this great State.  The program is designed to develop an informed and active group of leaders, who will have a strong sense of ownership, trustworthiness, responsibility and a commitment to the common good of Wyoming.

In our office, we currently have one Partner, Robert Dahill, participating in the 2016 class.  This year's program started in August with Orientation at the University of Wyoming.  Their first retreat was in September in Jackson (as you can see from the photo to the left, the team had a chilly experience riding the Tram to the top of the mountain at Teton Village).

In October, the class traveled to Gillette for their next session, National Resources and the Economy, and learned about the effects the Agriculture and Extraction industries have on the State's economy.  They enjoyed a tour of the Dry Fork Power Plant and the Cordero Rojo Coal Mine.  

In early December, the class met in Rock Springs for an Education, Technology and Change session, which included a Q&A session with Jillian Balow, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and discussions concerning school district funding.  The session concluded with a tour of an underground trona mine (at right).

Upcoming events include: Entrepreneurship and the Environment in Lander in January; Government and Politics in February in Cheyenne; and Healthcare, Social Services and Quality of Life in March in Casper.  Graduation will be held in Sheridan on May 6-7th.  

Robert shares, "It's been a wonderful experience so far; I've enjoyed networking with people across the State and have learned a lot about myself in terms of leadership skills and style.  The opportunity to discover more about Wyoming has strengthened my love and appreciation for this great State - I look forward to learning even more."Trona Mine.jpg