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Thursday, July 21, 2005 02:57 pm

Leaders are born and made

Regardless of whether genetics or circumstances get the credit for their success, even leaders need a little guidance now and then.

“We want to expose the potential that people already have, to recognize that they can be the next alderman, mayor, or news anchor or own a business,” says Tim Rowles, executive director of the nonprofit Springfield Project.

The Springfield Project is best known for its efforts to revive local neighborhoods through community organizing and helping folks buy homes. However, Rowles says, leadership training is critical to the success of the organization’s community initiatives.

“One thing that we need is to show people that that they can be successful,” Rowles says. “We need to prove to them that there is an avenue to become successful.”

Two perfect examples, he notes, are communications guru Joyce Jackson and state-government veteran DiAna McCarter, who will facilitate the workshop.

“With the help of these successful, credentialed African-American women,” Rowles says, he intends to show anyone interested in becoming a leader in their community “a whole new world.”

“A TSP Getaway: A Vacation from the Ordinary” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Ambassadors Chalet, 3086 Normandy Rd. The workshop, which is open to all, is free, and a continental breakfast will be served.

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