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Doing well in business is no longer enough. Companies are now expected to do good within their communities. At the 56th annual Colby Institute for Leadership, the president of TD Banknorth in Maine, David Ott, will deliver the keynote address on this topic. Governor John Baldacci will be on hand to present the Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence.
Civic Leadership: Forging Connections Between Business and Community will be held at Colby College in Waterville on Wednesday, March 21. The half-day program begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the new Diamond Building and includes panel discussions and a luncheon. Pre-registration is required.
The program will include tips for business leaders to build a culture of supporting civic engagement, to manage requests from the community and a discussion of why connecting to the community is good for business. The program will also include tips for nonprofit leaders such as understanding why certain requests get support, what financial resources are available in the state, building an active board and volunteer base and gaining community support to advance organizations’ efforts.
Registration is $50 and reservations should be made in advance. Scholarships for nonprofits are available this year through a Banknorth Foundation Grant. Information about the Institute, including a full schedule, scholarship applications, and registration material, is available online.
The Colby Leadership Institute is a program of Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, which connects teaching and research with contemporary political, economic and social issues. More information about the Goldfarb Center is available online.