FVSU employee selected for leadership program

August 3, 2011 – A program that trains employees at land-grant institutions across the United States to assume leadership roles selected Fort Valley State University’s family life specialist to participate in its activities. Kena Torbert is among 76 specialists, professors, researchers and deans chosen for LEAD21: Leadership for the 21st Century, an organization that develops leaders in land-grant institutions.

“So far this experience has been amazing. This program is all about making the participants better leaders and better people,” Torbert said. “And not only as it pertains to one’s career, but on a personal level as well.”

Torbert will convene with colleagues in Indianapolis, Kansas City and Washington, D.C., to attend workshops facilitated by leadership experts next year. Since its inception in 2005, LEAD21 has sponsored and graduated nearly 400 participants. The program management and facilitation team is comprised of experts from states such as Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Iowa and Missouri.

In June, Torbert attended the first session, met her peers, received assessment test results and participated in workshops about strategic development, skill building and group dynamics.

Torbert joined FVSU’s staff in 2003 and since then has educated the public about health issues relevant to seniors, etiquette for adolescents and nutrition for families. In the last two years, she chaired the planning committee for FVSU’s annual Ham and Egg Breakfast and coordinated the summer TEAM Success mentoring program for teenagers who work with FVSU Extension employees.


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