How Do We Solve Societal Challenges? Build Lots of Partnerships

Courtney Curatolo
Leadership Palm Beach County
February 24, 2016

With values of connecting, collaborating, and being a positive catalyst for change, Leadership Palm Beach County is moving forward with strategic objectives of expanding programs, enhancing our relevancy in the community, and building partnerships. 


That’s right, LPBC is expanding our role in helping to make Palm Beach County a better place.


And so, as part of our role in building community partnerships, I invite you to join us on April 6 for an update on Florida’s 2016 Legislative Session, presented by Leadership Palm Beach County, The Chamber of the Palm Beaches, and the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.


Senator President Joe Negron, whose district includes Palm Beach County, will discuss what happened during the session: bills that were passed, issues that led to the strongest debates, the budget, and impacts on Palm Beach County. 


It will be one of many similar events to come.


By building strong ties among community partners, our community can solve societal challenges and increase efficiency in the delivery of services. 


How is this done?


Key elements to developing, implementing and sustaining partnerships include participation by stakeholders, shared vision and purpose, clearly stated goals and responsibilities, accountability and measurement for outcomes, resources, relationships and networks, trust, communication, and leadership.  With these elements, strong partnerships can be a momentum for change that will lead to benefits for all partners and the greater community.


I believe leadership is the most needed resource in building partnerships. Effective leadership can lead to the appropriate partners collaborating, defining a vision agreed upon by all sides, and selecting the right stakeholders. It can also lead to the development of inclusive decision making, establishing clear goals and responsibilities, successful implementation, and ensuring time is spent on evaluation of the partnership. 


Furthermore, strong leadership can establish powerful partnerships with a solid culture and belief system with mutual respect that enables principles of change.


In building partnerships, knowledge is shared and community power can ensue.  Through leadership, momentum for change, and community power, sustainable solutions are developed to enhance the quality of life for everyone.


So be sure to attend the legislative summary on April 6 to understand what legislative changes are in the works and to support our partnership development efforts.


Details about the event as well as registration information are coming soon.


Courtney Curatolo, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Palm Beach County.