HARWICH PORT — Sporting more than just a name change, the nonprofit group Leadership Cape Cod is unveiling its new, broader mission today in a special event in Harwich Port.
Since 1992, the group has provided leadership training to hundreds of local people in business, health care, the arts, education, social services and other sectors, under its old moniker, the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod and the Islands. Today, May 16, the organization will officially launch as Leadership Cape Cod (LCC). The event happens at the Wychmere Beach Club from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $30.
For years, the group has connected participants with local leaders in the business and nonprofit sectors as part of its core program.
“The whole focus is linking current leaders with future leaders,” Executive Director Bob Cody said. But as part of a strategic planning process, organizers considered some of the issues and needs specific to the Cape, “and realized that we can do a lot more than we have been doing,” Cody said.
LCC will be offering a class for individuals interested in serving on nonprofit boards, he said.
“Once we have a couple sessions, we’re going to have a ‘speed-dating’ event,” where potential volunteers can meet with representatives of different nonprofits who are seeking new board members.
Next year, LCC will also be launching a class specially designed for teachers, particularly ones who are new to the area.
“They focus so much on what goes on in individual classrooms and schools, they really don’t know what’s going on in the Cape as a whole,” Cody said. “And a lot of the young ones leave. So what we’re trying to do is build them a network” that will offer teachers support, hopefully allowing them to stay on the Cape, he said.
The organization has a regional focus, which is important. A previous session focusing on the environment was held at the Waquoit Bay research reserve in Falmouth, and another one devoted to community resources took place in Provincetown.
“We’re really about helping people experience the Cape as a whole,” he said.
The leadership training LCC offers is particularly beneficial to nonprofits, arts-oriented and education organizations, but participants who work in business also find they get an edge, Cody said. He came to the Cape to work at Cape Cod Community College 10 years ago and found that it’s easy to become isolated and resistant to change. He took the LCC training, “and it helped me enormously,” Cody said. “It gave me connections throughout the region,” and gave him access to people he might otherwise never have met.
“It exposes you to people throughout this community, gives you new ideas, and lets you see things that are going on,” he said. Ultimately, that encourages leaders who can make new things happen for the community, he said.
In this new chapter of its history, LCC will be emphasizing innovation, encouraging its leaders to look for new ways of tackling old problems.
Alumni of the program on the Cape and Islands, who number 700 or more, are invited to attend today’s launch in Harwich Port, and Cody said the organization is hoping to encourage them to get involved again and lend their ideas and expertise. The group’s transformation has been supported by a special sponsorship from the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.
For more information about Leadership Cape Cod, visit www.CLICapeCod.org.