Sunday, February 28, 2021

Northern California Academy of Leadership Class Returns to Colusa

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In 2014, the Northern California Academy of Leadership (NorCAL) launched its inaugural program for participants from a broad range of business professions. The successful program is once again being offered this year.

A program of Innovate North State and sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, NorCAL provides a ten-month program designed for middle and upper management level business leaders.

On February 23 and 24, NorCAL students were hosted by Premier Mushroom Inc. at the Colusa Industrial Properties conference room. The seminar components included on day one were Strength Finders with Peggy Jennings-Severe, Growing Our Local Economies with Jon Gregory and Bio-Consortia with Marcus Meadows-Smith..

On Tuesday, Larry Lane presented “Life/Work Balance,” and startup ag companies California Safe Soil (Mark Bauer) and MOasis (Steve Hartmeier) shared their company’s journey. Premier sustainability coordinator Kevin Foley shared the farm’s efforts in increased sustainability and introduced CEO John Ashbaugh, who discussed the growth of Premier Mushroom Inc. and then led the class on a tour of the mushroom farm.

Serving as the Title Sponsor for the 2015 Northern California Academy of Leadership (NorCAL), Wells Fargo is a major supporter of Innovate North State. NorCal’s vision is to grow the regional economy through innovative companies with an emphasis on leadership development among business executives and entrepreneurs.

“It is a tremendous honor to have one of the premier banking institutions making such a meaningful commitment,” stated Jon Gregory, Managing Director of Innovate North State.

Larry Lane, NorCAL Program Director, stated, “we are tremendously excited to see the support from Wells Fargo and their enthusiasm for this unique leadership development program. We are also very grateful to our seminar sponsors like Premier Mushroom, for providing meeting rooms and lunches for the class. NorCAL is a cooperative effort of business leaders throughout the north state providing presenters, meeting rooms and financial support. It is an investment in the future economy of the “530” region.”

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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