Katie Holden, Community Relations Specialist at Bristol General Contractors, LLC (BGC), began the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) Training Without Walls (TWOW) Leadership Program in 2015, and while she’s learning strong lessons in leadership and management, she’s also gaining a care package full of fish from a new friend.
“The people I’ve met through the program are passionate about their culture, the Bristol Bay region, and growing professionally,” Katie said. “They could easily turn into lifelong friends. A colleague I met on the Iliamna trip is sending me a care package of fish since I have a hard time getting it here in Arizona.”
For Katie, it’s critical to engage in continuous learning to be a strong leader. Originally from Eagle River, Alaska, she has worked for BGC for three years in Tempe, Ariz. In 2015, Katie applied and was accepted into the TWOW Leadership Program, a unique training program available to shareholders through BBNC. The program develops the management and leadership skills of BBNC shareholders and descendants while integrating the culture of the Bristol Bay region.
In November, Katie flew to Iliamna, Alaska, to attend the first of six training sessions. The three-year program curriculum focuses on developing skills and knowledge in leadership, strategy, time and stress management, legal aspects of management, presentation skills and negotiation strategies. Participants are immersed in each topic, learning from case studies and hearing from a diverse group of presenters and leaders.
To learn more about BBNC’s Training Without Walls program, visit www.bbnc.net.