The Omaha Executive Institute began in 1988 to help new senior level executives get an understanding of their new living and working environment.
Danny Pate, vice president and general manager of CenturyLink Nebraska and his wife Monica were participants in the most recent series. "OEI was invaluable. Not only did we learn about the city, but we have made many new contacts," said Pate.
New executives are encouraged to participate in OEI with their spouses. In fact, that unique aspect of the program is what Len Romano, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Omaha, appreciated most. "My wife and I were provided the opportunity to participate together. This was especially important for us since we had moved to Omaha from Boston. Through the course, we have made new friends and learned about the many things that make Omaha a great place to live, work and raise a family."
In addition to the personal benefits of discovering the history and culture of Omaha, OEI has an impact in the corporations represented as well.
Rick Mourey, his wife, Theresa, and their family relocated to Omaha from Connecticut in 2011. Mourey is vice president of administrative risk and inforce services at Lincoln Financial Group. "The experience has also helped me in recruiting individuals to the Omaha area for Lincoln Financial Group," said Mourey upon completing the 2011-2012 series.
When asked what stuck with him most about the OEI experience, Pate commented, "We can all be effective leaders of change for the enhancement of our city."
If you are interested in learning more about participating, contact Lynda Shafer or visit the Leadership Development website. Tuition for the program is $3,600 per couple, $1,800 per person.