Wow… what a journey. Metro Leadership Visit 2018 has come to an end.
Well, “to an end” in the sense that we hopped back on our chartered flight and flew home to Charleston. But the energy, ideas and passion kindled while in Raleigh will keep the trip going for days, weeks and years to come.
Following yesterday’s full agenda, we started this morning by debriefing on our most inspirational moments and key takeaways to bring back to our region over breakfast. Thank you to Jean Meeks-Koch of Positively People for facilitating our session and K&L Gates for sponsoring breakfasts.
Attendees broke into groups and discussed the main highlights of the trip. Some of the big trip takeaways are:
- A collaborative spirit is the path to success.
Throughout all of our stops, you could feel how much Raleigh has embraced partnership and collaboration, from the public schools to higher ed and housing and transportation efforts. In every case, the program or project is better off because partners worked together and all of the individual parts started to fit perfectly together like puzzle pieces.
- Continue to seek out best practices and take away the parts that make sense for our region and then continue to innovate, grow and refine.
This is the main purpose for our annual Metro Leadership Visit. We came, we saw and we adapted.
- It starts with culture.
We must be willing to start to change the dialogue, educate our community and help them see the vision that could enhance metro Charleston.
This is just a quick snapshot. My biggest personal takeaway was the energy and drive contained within this group of 80+ leaders. As I predicted, it didn’t once wane. Yes, we are all a bit tired as we fly home, but I can still hear the chatter and practically see relationships growing and ideas forming.
Before heading to our final stop, we had to keep the buzz alive. Chamber President & CEO Bryan Derreberry made the exciting announcement that we will be heading to Salt Lake City next fall for Metro Leadership Visit 2019!