LWC session spotlights diversity in community

CHURUBUSCO — Leadership Whitley County (LWC) traveled to C & A Tool in Churubusco for its November session focusing on diversity and inclusion. The morning kicked-off with a trust activity involving blindfolds and specific activities. This icebreaker provided an opportunity for class members to reconnect, build trust among each other and recognize non-verbal cues. Following a debriefing of the exercise, LWC participants provided informative reports on their county tour experience conducted in October. Small teams visited different locations within Whitley County, pictures taken were assembled in collages and each group presented their tour report as the awareness portion of the November session. A variety of facts relating to Whitley County were shared in the reports. Class members had the opportunity to visit with a variety of individuals and companies during their tour, including Fox Products, Shawn Ellis, Director of B.A.B.E. and the Whitley County Historical Museum. The main topic for the day focused on diversity and inclusion presented by Wil Smith of Smith and Associates based in Fort Wayne. The program focused on diversity of thoughts, attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes. Class members were asked to discuss diverse characteristics of others we see, as well as those that may not be visible. Participants engaged in a variety of interesting dialogue and group activities throughout the three-hour program, including watching a fascinating video about a small island with a myriad of diverse cultures.Following the session, the LWC class enjoyed a catered lunch by Daniel Menu & Party Consulting and a tour of the C & A Tool facility by LWC alum and C & A Tool employee Todd Rehrer. The tour included an inside look at the company’s every day operations and examples of the newest technology the company is using to remain a cutting-edge, successful business.The support of local business, industry and organizations is key to the success of Leadership Whitley County. This support, financial and in-kind, serves as a key to success for offering quality programs that compose the core of Leadership Whitley County. More information on Leadership Whitley County can be found at www.leadershipwc.org on Twitter by following @Lead_Whitley or on Facebook.