Corporate Trainer Liz Powell addresses the 30 Haskell team members assembled for the Edge Retreat.
Corporate Trainer Liz Powell addresses the 30 Haskell team members assembled for the Edge Retreat.

July 10, 2024

New Program Offers the Next Level of Leadership Training at Haskell

Delve into the benefits of the Edge Retreat, a unique program focusing on personal development, cultural values and coaching skills.

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Of the thousands of hours of programming and instruction Haskell’s Learning, Development & Engagement department provides to help team members grow personally and professionally, Leadership Series (LS) is the company’s premier leadership program.

LS participants are chosen from among those nominated by leadership. The three-part program spans a minimum of three years, and each part has a different focus:

  • LS I covers self-awareness and professional growth.
  • LS II covers organizational values and culture creation.
  • LS III teaches coaching as a style of leadership.

Upon graduation, participants receive automatic access to Leadership Edge, a suite of offerings for continued learning. These offerings include Leadership Over Lunch, a quarterly opportunity for informal discussions with senior executives in and outside of Haskell, professional development workshop opportunities, and the Edge Retreat, a two-day professional development and networking event.

“The Edge Retreat is an exclusive retreat for those who have put in the time to develop themselves in LS,” said Liz Powell, Manager of Leadership Development. “We wanted to honor those who have already put forth the effort to commit to their development while giving them the next step in the process. We believe that leadership isn’t a one-and-done lesson learned.”

This year, 30 Haskell participants convened at the Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club for the first Edge Retreat. The two-day programming included guest speakers, table discussions and networking opportunities with other graduates and executives.

“We selected the Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club as the location for this event because we wanted to provide a retreat from day-to-day stressors. Allowing your body to relax gives you the opportunity to receive new information and think creatively,” Powell said. “Not only did we provide great content and a space for good conversations, but also hopefully a chance for everyone to go back to their routine recharged.”

The first day included Ameren Illinois President and Chairman Leonard Singh, Jacksonville University President Tim Cost, and Haskell board members Andrea Inserra and Ann Schwister. Day 2 featured former Jacksonville Jaguars center and Hall of Fame Tony Boselli, former Wounded Warrior Project CEO and retired Lt. Gen Michael Linnington. Haskell Executive Leadership Team members also participated.

“We had a stacked agenda; it is what really brought the power of the retreat,” Powell said. “Board directors and other executives flew in for this event, which made those participating feel special to know people had traveled to invest in them. The speakers’ presence supercharged the event and emphasized our leadership’s attention and care for this group.”

Recently ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year in Training magazine’s APEX Awards, a global list of organizations that excel at employee training and development, Haskell is committed to equipping its team members to be of the greatest possible service to clients – and to fulfill its promise of offering each the best job of their life.

“This shows that we expect you to lead your teams well, but you also need the tools to be able to do so. We want to empower you to lead yourselves first and to stay focused on the bigger picture without getting overly busy or overly focused on self-production,” Powell said. “This retreat provided an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the tenets of servant leadership—the ethos that we aim to embody at Haskell.”


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