BADC hosted 2016 Barrington Area Leadership Academy

September 1, 2016

Helping to develop the next generation of community leaders in the Barrington area, is the goal of the Barrington Area Development Council’s Biennial Leadership Academy.


This past month, over sixty community leaders and citizen volunteers came together to learn about a variety of topics important to great local leadership. Representing local government, charitable organizations and small business, the day included something for everyone to learn.

After an opening introduction from BADC President Jack Schaefer, guests moved to different tables learning about “Core” Government, School, Community Service and Business organizations that make the Barrington Area such a unique and special place.

  • Janet Agnoletti explained the role of the Barrington Area Council of Governments

  • Brian Battle gave an update about the Barrington 220 Board of Education including current challenges and opportunities.

  • Suzanne Corr described the role of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and how they help champion not just businesses, but organizations and not-for-profits too.

  • Gene Dawson informed guests about the role of Townships in relation to public services, specifically the Barrington Township and what the do for residents within their community.

  • Terry Jennings shared the many programs and open spaces managed by the Barrington Park District.

  • Ashley Johnson explained all the resources available at the Barrington Area Library that can support organizations and businesses in the community.

Break out sessions mid-morning, allowed guests to choose an area of development they wanted to learn more about. Experts covered organizational resources including financial and legal issues, meeting management, strategic planning and grant writing skills.

  • Being On A Board/ Running A Meeting Moderator: Anna Bush / Bush & Heise Attorneys at Law

  • Strategic Planning/Mission Statements Moderator: Gaylord Villers/ Stategic Communications

  • Recruiting and Leading Volunteers Moderator: Tom Burns / President, Barrington Area Ministerial Association

  • Financial Formalities for Not-for-Profits Moderators: Tim McDonald /McDonald Doherty & Co., CPAs, P.C.

  • Getting Your Message Out Moderator: Morgan Delack /Dir. of Communications, CUSD 220

Guests had plenty of networking opportunities over lunch and during breaks. There was lots of chatter and ideas exchanged between guests, organizers and program experts.

Keynote Speaker Zina Jacque gave an inspirational speech empowering everyone in the room to maximize their God given talents to lead and make a difference. Zina, who gave a memorable speech at the previous BADC Leadership Academy in 2014, excited the room! One attendee exclaimed, “I have goose bumps! I want to get started now!”

The day wrapped up with Harry McCartney moderating a leadership panel Q & A featuring experienced local leaders Sam Oliver, Chrissie Mena and Joe Kelsch, representing multiple area organizations.

The BADC will be hosting their 2016 Annual Dinner & 42nd Citizen of the Year Award event on Wednesday May 18th at Makray Memorial Golf Club. This annual dinner is open to the entire community to attend.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Annual Dinner & 42nd Citizen of the Year Award event and make reservations

About Barrington Area Development Council:

The Barrington Area Development Council (BADC) is a not-for-profit civic organization with a long history of sponsoring initiatives and organizations that have benefited the Barrington Area community, including CPR Training, the Bikeways Commission, the District 220 Caucus, Barrington Area Blood Drive, the Leadership Academy, and the Citizen of the Year Award. In addition, BADC was the founding organization of the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) in the 1970s, and a catalyst participating in the formation of renowned groups such as the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) and Citizens for Conservation (CFC). More recently, BADC has participated as a founding co-sponsor of H.E.R.E. in Barrington– the Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Teens, Parents, and Community Leaders in the Barrington Area.

Learn more about The Barrington Area Development Council here