Iberville Chamber of Commerce announces Leadership Iberville class

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Pictured at the Kickoff Session held on Sept. 10 at the Dow Plantation House are the 2013-2014 class members of Leadership Iberville. Pictured standing bottom row from left are Kari McGinnis of the Iberville Parish School Board; Josie Anderson of Syngenta; Jessica Jones of the Iberville Parish School Board; Juli Maniscalco of Richard Industrial Group; Hampton Obier of The Island Country Club; April Radford of Ochsner Health System; Bart Schlatre of The Dow Chemical Co.; second row from left are Dan Ferrier of SNF Holding Co.; Faye Lewis of The Bank of Commerce; Eric Hracek of SNF Flopam; Yolanda Butler Laws of Curves; Bruce Cushenberry of Syngenta; Tim Gilder of Shintech Louisiana; Curtis Brescher of Axiall Corporation; Patsy Godfrey Senegal retired.

PLAQUEMINE - The third Leadership Iberville Class has been selected and includes 15 participants. They are either an Iberville Parish resident or a member of the Iberville Chamber of Commerce.

Leadership Iberville has been developed as a means to provide existing and emerging leaders insight and information regarding vital community issues, facilitate a communication network among these individuals and then challenge these leaders to increase their involvement in new, more effective ways.

Participants kicked off the nine month program with a Kickoff Session held on Tuesday, September 10 at the Dow Plantation House that was sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company. The opening session was held the next day, September 111 at Iberville Chamber of Commerce office in Plaquemine where the class participated in a day-long simulation game of SIMSOC.

SIMSOC is a dynamic group simulation game that forces participants to cope with the daily problems of governing society. Assuming a variety of roles, the players grapple with issues like abuse of power, justice, diversity, trust, and leadership as they negotiate their way through labor-management strife, political turmoil, and natural disasters. The opening session will be followed by a session to be held each month. A variety of topics are covered including team building; ethics, economic development; law enforcement; parish and state government, education, health care, social concerns, and environment. The program concludes with a closing session in May.