In early 2015 an idea long under consideration came to fruition – the CNB Leadership Institute. Given the growth the Bank has been experiencing and the additional leadership depth that was needed across the entire organization, CNB’s senior leadership team felt that it was the right time to enhance the importance of management succession planning and select the inaugural class from within the organization.
CNB engaged the leadership development team at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, to assist with the development of the curriculum. John Park, D.Ed., Maureen Dodson, Ph.D., and Senior Consultant, Jeremy Fegert led the instruction of the six-session program that spanned over the course of 18 months with each session lasting three days. The program was familiar to CNB Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brian Wingard, as he participated in a similar program during his employment with Parente Randolph, LLC, now Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLC.
The curriculum focuses on topics such as servant leadership, building self-awareness and individual development through the DiSC personal assessment tool, emotional intelligence, leading and working in high performing teams, effective presentation skills, project management, managing change and conflict, and effective feedback and coaching skills.
The program design also places a focus on leveraging senior leadership to support and reinforce key concepts, creates a long term focus on continuous learning and personal development, and uses simulations and collaborative activities to enhance competencies and reinforce CNB values and vision.
Following the strenuous curriculum, twenty employees successfully graduated from the program. Five of those individuals are from Erie area and include: Carla Higgins, AVP/Commercial Banking; Allison Hodas, AVP/Treasury Services; Katie Jones, AVP/Market Manager; Julie Martin, AVP/Commercial Services; and Paul Sallie, AVP/Private Banking. Rounding out the twenty employees are: Mary Baker, Erin Brimmeier, Becky Coleman, Andrew Franson, Eric Johnson, Cory Johnston, Tyler Kirkwood, Kylie Ogden, Katie Penoyer, Amy Potter, Eileen Ryan, John Sette, Jessica Shaffner, and B.J. Sterndale all from the CNB Bank market area, and Dean Vande Water from the FCBank market area.
“Our CNB Leadership Institute graduates have expanded their skills significantly through their participation in this program, and they have willingly embraced their roles as leaders in our company,” said Brian Wingard. “On behalf of the senior leadership team at CNB, I applaud their commitment to their customers, community, and co-workers and look forward to all of the contributions that this group will make to our future success.”
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