Athenian Leadership Dialogue

2017 OAMR Annual Athenian Leadership Dialogue

Friday, September 22, 2017 – 9:45 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.


“We Band of Angels,” by Elizabeth Norman
Facilitated by former IIMC President, Mary Lynne Stratta, MMC
City Secretary for the City of Bryan, Texas

Agate Beach Best Western
3019 North Coast Highway
Newport, Oregon

OAMR is excited to offer an Athenian Leadership Dialogue (ALD) during the annual OAMR Conference. The Dialogue will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Agate Beach Best Western, 3019 North Coast Highway, Newport. It will be held from 9:45 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., and will be facilitated by former IIMC President, Mary Lynne Stratta, MMC, City Secretary for the City of Bryan, Texas.

This session will provide three education points for both CMC and MMC candidates on completion of an assessment. The cost of the session is $35.00. If you wish to attend, please select the appropriate box on the online conference registration form, and include the fee when you remit payment for the conference. Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants.

Athenian Leadership Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all recorders in training seminars. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in a book that all participants have read.

Dialogues are conversations in which recorders share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.

The premise of the Athenian Dialogue Society is the idea that recorders are leaders in very profound yet subtle ways. Leadership here is not the transactional vending machine citizens seem to believe about public management. The interest and involvement of the participants, as well as the author's specific focus and emphasis, require that the facilitator move with purpose using language of meaning, feeling, and power. Participants devote six hours to a Dialogue and come away intellectually enriched by this communication experience.

Participation in an Athenian Leadership Dialogue requires the purchase and reading of the book prior to the session. The book selected for this Dialogue is “We Band of Angels,” by Elizabeth Norman. This book on the life and times of very strong and brave military nurses during World War II is gripping.  (Buy the book now on Amazon and OAMR will benefit: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-0856787)

Amazon recounts that “None of the military nurses believed being stationed in the Philippines was going to be dangerous duty. The Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise; war was a distant rumor; and life was a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars. On December 8, 1941, all that changed, as Japanese bombs pounded American bases in Luzon, and this former paradise became a fiery hell.

The nurses, caught in the throes of war, set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war, and suffered the terrors of shells and shrapnel. But the worst was yet to come.  After Bataan and Corregidor fell, the nurses were herded into internment camps where they would endure three years of fear, brutality, and starvation. Once liberated, they returned to an America that at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals they clearly deserved. The book contains, in letters, diaries, and riveting firsthand accounts, the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women in war.”

Mary Lynne’s facilitation style will generate ideas and perspectives that produce lively and intense discussion. The various leadership roles, styles, and principles adapted by the nurses, will be discussed, and participants may see how relative they are to their own positions. Mary Lynne Stratta is a very skilled ALD facilitator; the book is excellent; and the Dialogue will be powerful. Happy Reading!!

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or by telephone at 541.574.0613.


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