Pacific islands’ officials wrap up leadership training

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Guam- Island officials’ newly acquired policy advocacy skills were put to the test as they wrapped up the third session of leadership development training in Yap.

Twenty-six  island government officials tested their skills in developing policy reform options to address issues relevant to the islands. Through the use of leadership concepts and principles, the cohort interpreted and utilized fiscal and economic data to learn how to govern better.

“We are proud to support the development of leadership skills and capacity in young professionals from the U.S insular areas,” said Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary of Insular and International Affairs. “We look forward to seeing them continue to develop and assume more responsibility in decision-making for the future of the islands.”

Guam has the smallest group in the program. Representing the island was John Camacho from the Department of Administration and Rodalyn Gerardo from the Office of Public Accountability.

The leadership training was part of the Pacific Islands Executive Leadership Development Program, which included participants from the U.S Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the CNMI, as well as the FSM, the Marshal islands and Palau. The training, which began in 2009, addresses challenges attracting and retaining qualified individuals to work in core functions of the island governments.

The island officials will participate in one final session before graduating from the program in June.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.