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      Local leaders learn 'Leadership Now'

      Nearly 150 individuals registered to attend Ottumwa's first-ever "Leadership Now Conference."

      The conference took place in the Rural Health Building on the Indian Hills Community College campus.

      Dr. Marlene Sprouse said a few words on her first official day as president of Indian Hills, and then she introduced keynote speaker James Autry who is a former fortune 500 CEO, author and leadership management consultant.

      Following the speech there were various breakout sessios with valuable lessons for anyone interested in leadership.

      "We think in Ottumwa we are facing some economic challenges in our region right now, and I think a great way to start turning some of those things around is starting with leadership, so if we're going to make a difference in some of the trends, we have to have people to lead," said Ashley Moyer, Relied Coordinator for Leadership and Economic Development Initiatives.

      Some of the breakout sessions included: "leading organizational change," "skill-building," and "influencing others"

      Moyer says they have plans to make the Leadership Now Conference an annual event.