Leadership Utah 2013 – Health Care

Monday, December 9th, 2013

This year we will be bringing you highlights from our 2013 Leadership Utah class. Each month, Leadership Utah introduces participants to the crucial issues and top leaders in the community. Experts on public issues and community problems explore the issues and problems, and discuss potential solutions. 

This past month, the Leadership Utah group gained access to a number of unique facilities and experts in the health care industry throughout the Salt Lake valley. This included a site visit to the Intermountain Medical Center and the Intermountain Central Laboratory.

“It was amazing to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of a working lab,” said Emily Lucht, a member of this year’s Leadership Utah class. She leads the Training and Curriculum Development department at inContact, a Utah-based company which provides cloud-based contact center solutions. ”The efficiency and activity volume is mind blowing and puts an audible buzz in the air. To satisfy one’s morbid curiosities, there was also the collection of gallbladder stones on display. I doubt anyone present will ever again question why they are called stones. I know I will never be able to look at a riverbed without being reminded of my visit to the Intermountain lab. Yikes!”

In addition to their visit to the Intermountain facilities, the group also visited Shriners Hospital, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and ARUP’s research park facility.

Jim Sheets, a health care expert himself as an administrator for Intermountain’s LDS Hospital, shares his take on the visit to ARUP.

“We had the unique privilege of participating in a behind the scenes tour of ARUP in Research Park,” said Sheets. ” ARUP is an impressive operation!  They process thousands and thousands of specimens every day from all across the United States. In fact, we learned that more parcels arrive at S alt Lake City International Airport destined for ARUP than any other business in Utah.”

“The efficiency, exactness and organization required to run this lab was impressive. They have incredible machinery and automation, including the only comprehensive allergy testing technology in the nation,” he said.  ”We learned about how they test for all sorts of bacteria and disease, as well as how they conduct analysis on DNA.  A fascinating day with amazing technology and extremely intelligent people.”

Leadership Utah is a program designed by the Salt Lake Chamber to provide opportunities for business leaders to learn more about the challenges facing the community. It is ideal for those who are interested in becoming involved, who want to gain the tools to make more informed decisions, and who want to improve their leadership abilities.

Leadership Utah broadens participants’ experiences by:

·     Acquainting them with processes, programs, and problems that currently exist within the community
·     Stimulating their interest in community activities and encouraging their participation in local affairs
·     Providing access to a multitude of community resources that cannot be gained elsewhere
·     Familiarizing emerging leaders with one another and with the community’s current business and civic leadership

If you’re interested in participating in next year’s Leadership Utah class, please see the Leadership Utah webpage or contact Jackie Sexton at jsexton@slchamber.com.

Making hygiene kits with LUA for The Road Home

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

‘Tis the season for giving, and Leadership Utah did just that on Thursday morning.

Over the last couple weeks, a group of Leadership Utah Alumni (LUA) raised $2,500 to help make 500 hygiene kits to donate to The Road Home for their seasonal service project. These kits will provide relief and necessities for underprivileged families in our community.

To go one step further, after compiling the hygiene kits, LUA volunteered their time to help collect and organize donations in the warehouse during The Road Home’s annual radio broadcast.

A very big thank you goes out to everyone who donated and participated in this project!

How will you give back this holiday season?

Leadership Utah Alumni show holiday spirit

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Leadership Utah Alumni helps Utahns in need from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.

When Chamber members participate in Leadership Utah, they get a behind-the-scenes look at our community. One of the sessions shows participants the important role of the welfare system in our community. The impact of that visit stays with many and every year they come together as the Leadership Utah Alumni to help Utahns in need.

The alumni assembled 200 toiletry kits with basic supplies including bars of soap, wash cloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and combs. They then delivered the supplies to the Road Home and spent a few hours volunteering their services.

“There are 99 families and 168 children that don’t have a better option (than the Road Home),” said Jason Steed, chair of the Leadership Utah Alumni steering committee. “It’s one thing to have opportunities to donate but to be able to participate, to be here, to collaborate, it means so much more that way.”

Designed by the Salt Lake Chamber, Leadership Utah is a program intended to provide opportunities for business leaders to learn more about the challenges facing the community.  In its 24-year history, Leadership Utah has graduated more than 1,000 participants – all of whom are dedicated to making an impact on their community.

Leadership Utah Alumni get inside look at Secret Service

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Agent Walker served on the Vice President's detail for both Vice President Cheney and Vice President Biden.

There was no sign of POTUS or VPOTUS but alumni of the Chamber’s Leadership Utah program got an inside look at the agency that is dedicated to protecting those officials.

Agent Walker was hired by the United States Secret Service in 1996. During his career,
 
Walker has worked in may places including New Hampshire where he participated in 55 Presidential Candidacy visits, the Financial Crimes Division in Washington, D.C. where he oversaw the major criminal cases being investigated in the North East region of the United States, and most recently the office of protective operations with specific assignments to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Vice President of the United States.

The Secret Service was originally formed to deal with the large amount of counterfit money in circulation. The mission of the agency was later expanded to include the protection of the President and Vice President of the United States.The USSS is now part of the Department of Homeland Security but is still charges with investigating treasury related crimes including counterfieting and identity theft.

Leadership Utah was formed in 1984 and began its first training program in January 1985. The Chamber is dedicated to providing the necessary direction to establish, train and support a network of aware and knowledgeable citizens ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing society.

Registration for Leadership Utah opens in just a few months so come join the class of 2011.

Leadership Utah Alumni Help Homeless Utahns

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

 

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Alumni from Leadership Utah gathered Tuesday with employees of the Salt Lake Chamber to participate in the Road Home’s annual clothing and fundraising drive.  While Leadership Utah has participated in the fundraiser for the past six years, this year’s participation was bolstered by providing hygiene kits for Utah’s homeless population.

“It’s amazing to think about how important such basic things can be to people who have the misfortune of being homeless,” said alumnus Donald Murray, an executive with United Health Care.

Kits contained the essential items for homeless individuals to maintain personal hygiene, including combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, and new hand towels.

Leadership Utah also stationed alumni at the Salt Lake shelter of the Road Home to help with the intake, organization and storage of donations given by Valley residents during the drive.

“It’s a good thing,” said Murray. “It’s a very exciting project and something we’re very happy to be a part of every year.”

Designed by the Salt Lake Chamber, Leadership Utah is a program intended to provide opportunities for business leaders to learn more about the challenges facing the community.  In its 24-year history, Leadership Utah has graduated more than 1,000 participants – all of whom are dedicated to making an impact on their community.

Leadership Utah gets inside look at welfare programs in Utah

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Leadership Utah participants got an inside look at the various organization that help less fortunate Utahns today.

The day’s activities began with a tour of the Fourth Street Clinic which is a health clinic for the homeless and heard from the clinic’s CFO, CEO and medical director. The clinic has 45 full time employees, $5.5 million annual budget to service some 6,000 patients each year. Fourth Street Clinic is a medical home for the homeless with a pharmacy, specialty clinics, and a physician. 

The group also toured Welfare Square, the humanitarian center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Class members learned about nutritional supplements and foods prepared for the less-fortunate and victims of disaster.

After lunch the group toured the Christmas Box House, a facility for children who have been affected by domestic violence.

The day concluded with a stop at the Road Home which opened in 1988 at a time when there were n o homeless shelters in Utah. The Road Home provides shelter for 700 people each night.

This is the 24th Leadership Utah class. Participants are introduced to the crucial issues and top leaders in the community. Experts explore issues affecting the community and discuss potential solutions with class members. Topics include local government, arts and education, law enforcement, religion and more. The schedule features ten monthly, day-long sessions.

More than just an educational course, Leadership Utah provides younger executives an opportunity to build lasting relationships that will benefit their organizations and the community for years to come.

Leadership Utah was formed in 1984 and began its first training program in January 1985. The Chamber is dedicated to providing the necessary direction to establish, train and support a network of aware and knowledgeable citizens ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing society.