Coro National has been investing in “research and development” work with new training models and audiences for several years, in preparation for the upcoming discussions of new training markets and new delivery strategies.
Coro National’s work with the International Leadership Foundation has entered its third year. Founded in the early 2000s by Coro graduate Chiling Tong (Fellows Program, Los Angeles 1989), ILF’s mission is to promote the civic awareness, public service, and economic effectiveness of the Asian-Pacific American (APA) community. ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for over 1,000 select APA college students from across the country. Beginning in 2009, ILF has also run the Young Ambassadors program, bringing 30 – 50 Chinese college students to the United States for ten days of meetings with leaders from diverse sectors in New York City, Boston and Washington, DC.
Coro National has received financial support from ILF to provide leadership development seminars for ILF Fellows and Young Ambassadors since 2010. Coro develops their skills of inquiry and organizational analysis, and creates team assignments to build relationships within and between the programs. In 2012, Coro National assisted ILF with the selection of the summer’s Young Ambassadors in China by co-designing and facilitating a group selection exercise and group interviews.
Coro National staff joined graduate students from the Webber Energy Group at University of Texas, Austin’s School of Mechanical Engineering in Vancouver this spring, offering the latest in a series of leadership seminars. The students all specialize in topics related to energy and water. Coro’s seminar series has covered goal-setting, personality styles, persuasive communications, leadership approaches, and cross-sector evaluation of the challenges that face technical people and elected officials when their work intersects. Michael Webber, the faculty member who heads this exceptional group of students, says that he expects them to “move on to leadership positions in the energy industry, government and academia, and no doubt a significant part of their success will be because of Coro’s contributions.”
Coro National staff have begun to create prototypes of online learning tools as we begin to think about blended learning and more geographically dispersed program participants. The models include videos, web pages and interactive web resources. These may be especially relevant for alumni continuing education programs in collaboration with CNAA.