6 New Leaders Emerge in Greater Cincinnati Region

Six emerging leaders from companies in the Greater Cincinnati/NKY region have graduated from the 9-month Core Growth leadership development program. A graduation luncheon was held last week at The Art of Entertaining in O’Bryonville, where both class participants and their company sponsors came together to celebrate the commencement.

The first six emerging leaders to graduate from this inaugural Core Growth class include:

  • Dan Battistone, Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing
  • Jason Duggan, Hobsons
  • April Gillespie-Hurst, LegalShield
  • Laurie Link, FTJ FundChoice
  • Ryan Rieckhoff, Ohio National Financial Services
  • Rachel Wells, Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1)

Core Growth Graduating Class (Front row L to R): Ryan Rieckhoff, Dan Battistone, Laurie Link (Back row L to R): Rachel Wells, April Gillespie-Hurst, Jason Duggan

Developed and run by Core Consulting Group, Core Growth is a 9-month leadership development program targeted specifically at emerging leaders. Using Wiley’s Work of Leaders model as a framework for the curriculum, participants form a close learning community who explore the following four modules together through a variety of interactions, speakers and experiences:

  • Self: Planting the Seed
  • Vision: Calling the Sun
  • Alignment: Involving the Ecosystem
  • Execution: Bringing to Life

An intentionally small class size and blended learning approach over an extended period of time is at the heart of what makes this unique program so impactful. Graduate Rachel Wells (SD1) shares a reflection about her experience in the program:

Core Growth was a transformative experience for me. I learned about the different ways others approach their work and the world, and it taught me how to navigate different personalities and problems to accomplish important goals. Most importantly, Core Growth taught me about myself – how to focus my goals for greater success and how to turn my talents into true strengths. Through Core Growth, I’ve learned to take the long view, to align my actions with my goals and to recognize opportunity in the challenges before me.

Another unique aspect of this program is the Company Sponsor competent. Class participants are paired with senior-level sponsors at their companies. They meet with the sponsor each month to review class learnings and work through a company-applied project that gives them hands-on application of the Vision-Alignment-Execution curriculum.


Core Growth Graduating Class & Company Sponsors (Front row L to R): Maggie Frye, Trisha Weiner, Ryan Rieckhoff, Dan Battistone, Rob James, Kathy Ovens, Laurie Link, Cathy Koop (Back row L to R): Jamie Holtzapfel, Rachel Wells, April Gillespie-Hurst, Jason Duggan, Julie Doyle

Trisha Weiner, VP of Internal Marketing at Ohio National Financial Services and Core Growth Sponsor, saw tremendous value in her learner’s participation:

Our participant is extremely enthusiastic when he returns from a Core Growth session and is anxious to review with me what took place. He is a big proponent of the program and is recommending others take it. I believe that the program has helped him understand his challenges, and thus gives him the opportunity to work on them, which he is doing.

This is the inaugural class, which kicked-off in September 2015. Since then, another class began in March 2016 and is slated to graduate in November. Additionally, registration just opened for a third class kicking off this Fall. The program offers a new class in the Fall and Spring each year.

Maggie Frye, Founder & Principal Consultant of Core Consulting Group, is passionate about building strong leadership at all levels at local companies, one leader at a time

We define emerging leaders as those whose span of influence and impact is growing in a meaningful way. This is not limited to a specific age or manager vs. non-manager role. It could span both early and mid-career employees. An emerging leader is beginning to take on heightened responsibilities and accountability for customers, products and services, and/or team members – resulting in a greater direct impact on your organization’s success.

Core Growth catches emerging leaders at just the right point in their career that it proactively builds behavior versus reacts to and/or fixes behaviors later down the road.

I’m excited to see what this is doing for our great city. We are making workplaces better, stronger – one leader at a time. I believe very deeply in this mission and could not be more thrilled watching it come to fruition. I am so proud of the commitment and dedication these six class members have demonstrated and am excited for them to continue to effectively lead and positively impact those around them. Maggie Frye, Core Consulting founder and primary facilitator of the Core Growth program.

To register your emerging leaders for the Fall class, click here: http://bit.ly/1rF2ndI (Early Bird pricing ends July 29th!)

About Core Consulting Group

Core Consulting is an organizational development/HR consulting practice based in Cincinnati, OH helping organizations achieve their strategic business goals through the alignment, development and engagement of their workforce. Core partners with its clients to build effective people practices through the following key services: leadership development, talent management, strategic planning, team effectiveness and employee engagement.  To learn more, visit Core’s website at www.core-consultinggroup.com

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