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Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo 'ROAR' into Superhero Status

Six extraordinary leaders from the Friends of The Rosamond Gifford Zoo have completed our Leadership Academy training and head yin to the mentorship phase of their work. Coach Sgro's coach-in-residence academy model is excellent for small teams learning leadership through behavior, feelings and values. We utilize learning agreements in our academies, which are very similar to a college syllabus, so that we understand the desired outcomes of our work.

Today, Heidi, Chef Allison, Rachel, Stephanie, Joel and Gina all completed the knowledge module and head into being mentored by their fellow group members. Each of these leaders bring so much love & care to their work each day and are sharpening their skills to achieve peak performance.

The team spent three months doing in depth group coaching, leadership diagnostics, one-on-ones with Coach Sgro and behavioral strategic planning. These six pro's affectionately call themselves the "Culture Keepers" who work alongside their Zoo Keeper friends to make the Syracuse Zoo experience..... The Best Day Ever.

"Creating a space for the Friends leaders to grow their strengths and ignite empathy helps our culture and our community. The world has a caring problem and we need to lead with empathy to guide people to care about each other, about animals and our planet. This team is amazing and thank you Michael for coaching them!" says, Carrie Large, Executive Director of the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.


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