Published On: Tue, Oct 18th, 2016

WNC Leadership Initiative holds graduation

COULTER GRADS: Shown (left-right) - Lisa Weeks, Molly Phillips, Sara Ruth-Posey, Kim Winter, Jon Feichter, Judy Andrews-Carpenter, Sharon Robertson, and Jeremy Wilson.  (ROBERT JUJMPER/One Feather)

COULTER GRADS: Shown (left-right) – Lisa Weeks, Molly Phillips, Sara Ruth-Posey, Kim Winter, Jon Feichter, Judy Andrews-Carpenter, Sharon Robertson, and Jeremy Wilson. (ROBERT JUJMPER/One Feather)

 

The Western North Carolina Leadership Initiative (WNCLI) recently held graduation ceremonies for participants of the 2016 Right Path and Coulter Regional leadership programs. Juanita Wilson, director, explained that both programs provide leadership development that meet unique specific leadership needs.

“Right Path Program immerses Cherokee members in tribal history and culture while developing leadership competencies,” she said.  “Coulter participants, who are from the seven western counties and the Qualla Boundary, learn to see that connecting as a region is carries more strength, than having county-specific, competitive mindset.”

Wilson added, “Right Path and Coulter are producing tomorrow’s leaders. I am confident they will bring a fresh perspective to the world.  They have the knowledge, now they will put it into action.”

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation (CPF) and Western Carolina University (WCU) partnered to create WNCLI.

– WNCLI

RIGHT PATH GRADS: Shown (left-right) - Hannah Youngdeer, Chavella Taylor, James Burns, Adrianne Ramirez, and Lakoda Bird.  Taylor Wilnoty and Delano Huskey are not pictured.  (Photo courtesy of Juanita Wilson)

RIGHT PATH GRADS: Shown (left-right) – Hannah Youngdeer, Chavella Taylor, James Burns, Adrianne Ramirez, and Lakoda Bird. Taylor Wilnoty and Delano Huskey are not pictured. (Photo courtesy of Juanita Wilson)