At AMEND, we’re celebrating our very own Maggie Daly for graduating from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Cincy Next program. Cincy Next is an eight-month leadership development program focused on empowering Cincinnati’s emerging leaders. The program selects a cohort of 40 thriving young professionals and focuses on topics like personal branding, public speaking, conflict management, personal finance, networking and more.
Building a Foundation of Success
During their monthly sessions, Cincy Next hosts powerful executive speakers and coaches, facilitates workshops targeted at developing soft skills, and even runs a full-day program that simulates the daily dynamic living situation for many Cincinnatians.
Maggie shared, “The sessions were challenging — they forced you to get out of your comfort zone. We were pushed to try new things and think about the opportunities in our city from a different perspective.”
During her time with Cincy Next, Maggie saw development in three primary areas: business, community, and personal growth. While the program’s core is built around business applications, giving back to the community is also a tenant. Maggie learned how she could personally drive positive change in the Cincinnati region.
“Even living in Cincinnati my whole life, there was a lot I didn’t know about our city. It really opened my eyes to what’s out there and how I could really use my skill set and network to make the region a better place for people to live and raise families.”
Cincy Next focuses on building a peer-network that transcends surface-level interactions. The group challenged Maggie to break out of her comfort zone and uncover new perspectives. Through this journey, Maggie and her cohort developed deep, lasting friendships.
Maggie shared, “We hang out on the weekends, we invite each other to events we’re attending or hosting, and we even had a Friendsgiving.”
Through the workshops and class sessions, Maggie was also able to develop connections outside of her cohort with people across varying industries and at different career levels.
Maggie added, “All of the speakers extended themselves as a resource in the future, or even as a connection to get coffee if we wanted to learn more about what they do.”
Maggie’s Development & AMEND:
Through the Cincy Next program, Maggie learned how to streamline agreement by truly understanding a client’s situation and needs before diving into a project.
“After going through the program, I’ve made stronger and more personal connections with our clients. I feel empowered to have deeper conversations, which has streamlined our communication.
Maggie also noted that her growth in starting conversations, effective listening, and assessing different perspectives will be pivotal in her consulting role.
We are incredibly proud to be a part of Maggie’s professional journey. Learn more about the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s leadership programs.
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