A dozen Pasco County Clerk's Office employees were grasping for their coffee early on Wednesday morning. They reported for work before 8 a.m., to participate in a Leadership Program put on by Saint Leo University. Clerk Nikki Alvarez-Sowles was on hand for an early morning pep talk. "This is so wonderful. I wanted to be able to be here to kick it off," said Alvarez-Sowles. "In our employee engagement survey, there has been a lot of requests that come through about training. Not just on how to do my job, but training on how to become a better leader."
This program is unique, as the instructors are coming to the students. "What we've done is partnered with Saint Leo (University) to come to us to provide this opportunity," Alvarez-Sowles told the group. "So you are not having to go to another location. I want to thank them so much."
There were sessions for teammates in Dade City and in New Port Richey.. Every department in the Clerk's Office is represented: Criminal, Civil, Records, Inspector General, IT, and Human Resources and Communications.
Instructor Mary Owens told the group in New Port Richey, what they put into the program is what they will get out of it. "The approach we're going to take is very introspective," said Owens. "We'll talk about things and then you're going to decide how does it apply to what I do?"
Dr. Cindy Lee is the Director of the Center for Alternative Pathways Program at Saint Leo. She told teammates in Dade City she believes this training is invaluable. "What is so fortunate for you, is that your leadership is investing in you," said Dr. Lee. "This is going to be a good training program. This training is practical, it is also meaningful to you in your lives."