AJFF’s Saddler Becomes Goodmon Fellow

AJFF’s Saddler Becomes Goodmon Fellow

Jim Goodmon & Renee Saddler
AJFF’s Renee Saddler (right) receives her Leadership Triangle diploma from CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon.

AJFF Web Marketing Coordinator Renee Saddler recently joined the ranks of CBC’ers who are Leadership Triangle alumni.   Saddler graduated from the Personal Leadership Program and became a Goodmon Fellow on Thursday, November 30, 2006.  The noon luncheon & ceremony took place at American Tobacco’s Bay 7 in downtown Durham.

Saddler joined 18 other participants in the 7-class program throughout the fall.  The graduation event celebrated their progress during the course.  The newest Goodmon Fellows and their guests were treated to a Southern cuisine at the luncheon.

Jim Goodmon at podium
CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon speaks from the podium in American Tobacco’s Bay 7.
The newest Goodmon Fellows receive a round of applause.
Renee Saddler & Suzie Koonce
AJFF’s Renee Saddler (left) receives her Leadership Triangle pin during the pinning ceremony from her colleague & LT grad AJFF’s Suzie Koonce.
Mark Molitor
LT Coach Mark Molitor holds up the sign for one of the fall course’s themes: Inspiring a Shared Vision.

“Leadership Triangle was a great experience from the guest speakers to the group sessions to the individual coaching sessions,” said Saddler.  “I found that the most valuable part of the experience was the smaller group coaching.  The group sessions encouraged me step outside of my comfort zone and realize all the potential that I have inside. Sometimes we don’t think of ourselves as leaders but every aspect of our life can be an opportunity for leadership.” 

Attendees enjoy a Southern buffet.
Hope Hills & Suzie Koonce
AJFF’s Suzie Koonce (right) visits with Circle Consulting Group’s President and CEO, one of the leadership coaches.
Chris Downey
FOX 50’s Chris Downey (right) signs in guests as they arrive.

The fall cycle of Leadership Triangle concentrates on personal leadership growth.  Participants work with coaches in small groups throughout the course.  At each class the participants hear key leaders in the Triangle speak about aspects of leadership.  They also learn about things such as challenging the process and encouraging the heart.  And all learn to see the Triangle as a region.

“I look forward to taking what I learned and becoming the leader that I know is inside.”
– AJFF’s Renee Saddler

CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon spoke at the luncheon, emphasizing Leadership Triangle’s mission and his personal theme, regionalism.  He said that it is our individual responsibility to pay attention and work to strengthen our community; there is nothing the Triangle cannot accomplish when working together.

CBC is a major sponsor of Leadership Triangle.  Goodmon is chair of the Board of Directors and is joined on that board by CBC employees WCMC-FM’s Karen Cates, FOX 50’s Chris Downey.

Nineteen participants from all over the Triangle completed the fall course together.
Winkie La Force
Leadership Triangle Executive Director Winkie La Force (right) warmly welcomes attendees.
Graduates approach stage
The graduates make their way to the stage.
Renee Saddler LT group
AJFF’s Renee Saddler (far right) poses with her personal coaching group (l to r): Caroline Carlson, Veronica Butcher, coach Brenda Howerton, & Irene Godinez with Saddler.
Jim Goodmon
Jim Goodmon tells the group that regional cooperation is the key to a good future for the Triangle.

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