Can leadership development be taught virtually? Initial doubts give way to upsides

As the pandemic drags on, the role of remote work, remote learning and even remote socializing grows more important. But can the same benefits of an in-person experience be had online? That’s what an Omaha-based leadership development academy for tech professionals is finding out.

Since the pandemic broke out in March, industries have quickly acclimated to online operations. Employers have sought new methods of developing professional training for future company leaders despite being relegated to working from home. 

The AIM Institute’s Tech Leadership Academies are well-established leadership development programs in the Greater Omaha area, offering specialized training for tech professionals and the opportunity to grow one’s network in the IT and business communities. But when the pandemic came along, these programs had to quickly pivot to a virtual format. 

The program offers two academies of leadership development to IT professionals: the Emerging Tech Leaders Academy, for IT professionals who

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COVID-19, Environment Give Electric School Buses a Jump Start

When it comes to introducing electric vehicles to school district fleets, Patrick Gervais wants decision-makers to know that the future is now, even with North America under the ongoing stranglehold of the new novel coronavirus.

“I saw a survey [recently] that something like 92 percent of people think the electrification of transportation is five years away, 7 percent knew about it and only 1 percent are buying it,” said Gervais, vice president of marketing and communications for The Lion Electric Company, a Quebec, Canada, manufacturer of zero-emission commercial vehicles. “What’s really important right now is that people need to know the technology is available now, it’s working, it’s working really well and it’s the right thing to do.”

Gervais is among industry leaders at several firms promoting electric-vehicle options that are encouraging school bus fleet managers to think outside the box, when it comes to traditional acquisition and financing strategies.

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How To Ensure Your Leadership Development Programs Give You The Results You Need

International Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach and Speaker. Helping executives lead in turbulent times.

In today’s ever-changing world, organizations are looking to transform themselves in order to stay competitive and be future-ready. In fact, Harvard Business’ 2018 State of Leadership report (download required) found that, of the organizations studied, 86 percent reported to be undergoing some state of transformation. One of the key drivers of an organization’s ability to transform is its ability to develop leaders who are strategic, agile and resilient. The more the learning and development of senior management is leveraged as a strategic tool, the better equipped companies are to transform. 

According to Training Industry, in 2019 alone, companies spent approximately $370 billion on leadership training. The offering is wide and the field ever-expanding. However, research, surveys and experts such as those from Harvard Business Review and McKinsey & Company warn that, despite the huge investments,

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Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk Sept. 11 | Vanderbilt News

By Jenna Somers and Jane Hirtle

Margaret Martonosi (photo by David Kelly Crow)

Margaret Martonosi, assistant director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, will speak at a virtual campus visit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT hosted by Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan. Faculty, students and staff are invited to register to attend the presentation and take part in an open discussion and Q&A session about CISE and its key focus areas, including cyberinfrastructure, computing and communication, computer and network systems and information and intelligent systems, as well as funding opportunities and NSF future directions in these areas.

Register for the event here. >>

“I am pleased to welcome my close colleague Dr. Margaret Martonosi to Vanderbilt,” said Raghavan, who serves as a member of the advisory boards for the CISE Directorate and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. “Margaret

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Horizon Education Centers give back with Mobile Food Pantry

CLEVELAND, Ohio — With many families still suffering from the pandemic, Horizon Education Centers is giving back to the community with a Mobile Food Pantry.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: The Greater Cleveland Food Bank held its weekly food distribution again at the Cleveland Muni lot, April 30, 2020, and had more than 2,900 people signed up.  David Petkiewicz,

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The Greater Cleveland Food Bank held its weekly food distribution again at the Cleveland Muni lot, April 30, 2020, and had more than 2,900 people signed up. David Petkiewicz,

On Thursday, Sept. 3, from 3-5:30 p.m., Horizon is hosting the event on Cleveland’s west side at Horizon Education Center in Market Square, 2500 W. 25th Street.

The school is partnering with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on the event, which is open to all. It will be first-come, first-served, rain or shine, and organizers suggest residents bring their own bags.

To pick up food, people will need an ID, but do not need to pre-register.

This is just one way Horizon gives back to its community, says Renee

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Another Voice: Congress must give funding to workforce development | Opinion

Unemployed Americans are facing a glaringly overlooked hurdle in their job searches: thousands of businesses who used to employ them are permanently closed. And for these workers, the next job will almost certainly require new skills. The immediate need to provide unemployment assistance overlooks the reality that many jobs are forever gone.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Bureau of Economic Research reported in 2017 that hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost to advancements in automation – a trend that will continue to affect jobs as technologies continue to improve. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 60% of new jobs in the 21st century will require skills that only 20% of the present workforce has attained. That means as many as 100 million workers will need to advance their skill set.

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services reported that 16.3 million Americans are

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