Fulton Leadership University

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Harben, DSL, MBA, have created Fulton Leadership University. Recognizing that leadership development is an important aspect to a growing local economy, the FCEDC has hired Dr. Harben, Assistant Professor at Penn State’s Erie campus and a leadership development coach, to provide instruction on various leadership topics over a nine month period of time.

Courses for Fulton Leadership University will take place one day a month on the second Friday of the month from September 2018 to May 2019. The syllabus will cover leadership topics such as Performance Improvement, Negotiation, Strategic Management, Transactional and Transformational Leadership, Conflict Management, Board Governance and more. During course study, the class will also learn about the history and culture of Fulton County by visiting non-profit organizations, agricultural businesses and other businesses throughout the county.

Participants and their sponsoring employer will also receive coaching and mentoring from Dr. Harben and leadership assessments for both the participant and sponsor to learn how to get the most from their efforts to lead in the workplace. Companies are encouraged to sponsor rising stars and middle-level managers or supervisors to provide leadership development for the benefit of both employee and company.

A limited number of participants will be taken for the first Fulton Leadership University Course. Applications can be found by clicking here: FULTON LEADERSHIP UNIVERSITY APPLICATION Applications are due by August 10. The cost of the course for the sponsor is $500 and there are a limited amount of scholarship opportunities available for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Course participation is available to all businesses in Fulton County, any Fulton County resident that works outside of the county and all FCEDC members. If you have questions contact Matt Gilroy, Executive Director of the FCEDC at (419) 337-9270.

Fulton Leadership University FAQ’s

What is Fulton Leadership University?

Fulton Leadership University is an opportunity for potential managers, “rising stars” and current managers to enhance their leadership skills and learn more about their community. This dynamic learning experience encourages self-discovery, fosters an opportunity to enhance networking, and inspires stewardship.

Why is Fulton Leadership University important?

Fulton Leadership University will provide opportunities for business leaders and future leaders to enhance their skills in a unique way. The instructor will provide dynamic engagement and discussion opportunities to the class and will provide individualized coaching and mentoring experiences between the participating student and the student’s sponsor. This unique offering will enhance the student’s leadership skills while enhancing the relationship between the student and sponsor.

Why is Fulton Leadership University different?

Fulton Leadership University provides educational opportunities on varying leadership topics such as: leading in crisis, negotiation, active listening, and strategic planning among others. The FLU also provides students the opportunity to learn more about their own community through courses on agriculture and the environment, economic development, civic engagement, non-profit board governance, and company tours. There are two key components that make Fulton Leadership University different than other community leadership courses: 1) Each student will undertake a recognized leadership assessment and the instructor will meet individually with sponsor and student to share results of the assessment and provide feedback on what the assessment means to the relationship of the student and sponsor. 2) Unlike most community leadership programs, FLU is focused on providing dynamic leadership skill enhancements for the student to utilize in the future with the goals to provide career-long professional development opportunities.

Who is eligible for Fulton Leadership University?

Any person that resides or works in Fulton County and any person that works for a business that is a member of the FCEDC may apply for Fulton Leadership University. Fifteen (15) students will be selected based on criteria that focuses on creating a diverse class of students from applications.

When is the application due?

Applications are due on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Selection of the students involved in the first class will be finished by August 24, 2018.

What is the cost of Fulton Leadership University?

Participating students will be required to pay $500 by September 13, 2018. Up to three students will be selected for scholarships. Scholarships will be prioritized for non-profits and small businesses with less than ten employees.

Who is the instructor of Fulton Leadership University?

Christopher Harben, DSL, MBA is the instructor for the course. Dr. Harben is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University’s Erie Campus and has nearly ten years of experience coaching business and healthcare leaders. He holds a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regents University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Findlay.

When are classes for Fulton Leadership University?

Classes will be hosted at varying locations on the second Friday of every month from September 2018 through May of 2019. Students are required to by present in at least eight of the nine classes. Prepare for each class day to start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. A course schedule will be provided to the selected inaugural class by September 1, 2018.

Where do I send my application for Fulton Leadership University?

Applications may be sent via postal mail, by email or dropped off to Matt Gilroy, Executive Director of the FCEDC by 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2018:

Matt Gilroy
Executive Director
Fulton County Economic Development Corporation
123 Courthouse Plaza, Suite 2
Wauseon, Ohio 43567
(419) 337-9270

Who may I call if I have questions about Fulton Leadership University?

Contact Matt Gilroy at (419) 337-9270 or by email at matt@fcedc-ohio.com