Salem is a city of gems, and this years’ participants in Leadership Salem were able to experience some of them during October’s Session.
The intent of Leadership Salem is to weave the historical, social and economic fabrics of Salem. The end result is to provide information that will launch participants into positions of effective leadership in our city’s businesses, charitable organizations and civic bodies.
The day began with professor John Ritter, a local historian. John led the group on a “history walk” downtown, during which a number of Salem’s secrets were exposed that we pass by frequently without notice.
At one time, Oregon’s entire mental health infrastructure was required to exist in Marion County. Cornerstone to this network was Oregon’s State Hospital, which is still in operation. A necessary and somber recent addition to the State Hospital is a museum that brings to light the history of our understanding of mental health. We toured the museum and the grounds. This is absolutely a Salem “must see”.
To end our time together, Salem champion and historian Sam Skillern with the Salem Leadership Foundation drove home what we had experienced by tying together Salem’s past with opportunities of our future – and ways we can leverage past decisions for our future benefit as our city continues to grow.
October’s session of Leadership Salem was an absolute win, and the lessons learned will undoubtedly help shape Salem’s future through the leaders that were able to take part in it. Our city is in very capable – and educated – hands.