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!
Immediately following our debrief, attendees were treated to one final wow moment – a trip to the SAS campus. You may not be aware of SAS, but they are the industry leader in analytics with their global headquarters located right outside of Raleigh.
A start-up out of NC State University, the company boasts a campus filled with lush greenery, more gorgeous buildings then I could count and intriguing, modern sculptures. But what really sets SAS apart is their culture. They have consistently been ranked as one of the top places to work since the list was started and are the #3 best place to work in the world. They truly believe that if you treat employees like they make a difference, then they will make a difference.
Offering things like on-site healthcare and day care shows SAS’s dedication to their employees and their commitment to integrating work and life.
It was the perfect ending to a great trip.
We can’t wait to do this again as we travel to Salt Lake City for Metro Leadership Visit 2019.
Farewell Raleigh… thank you for all your hospitality and inspiration. Thank you to all of our attendees for going on this journey with us and for your ongoing commitment to enhance our region. And of course thank you to each of our sponsors for your support of this initiative.
We will see you in Salt Lake City! If you would like to be notified when we open registration for the 2019 MLV trip to Salt Lake City, reach out to Katie Istnick, Director of Leadership Programs.
Day Three MLV Raleigh Recap Provided by Erin Aylor, VP of Marketing for the Chamber.