Don and Rebecca Brominski were awarded the 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award at the 35th Annual Dinner and Graduation, which was held on Thursday, June 16th at 5:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The dinner celebrated Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s graduating class of 2016, and welcomed the incoming Class of 2017. “The 2016 Annual dinner marks 35 years of developing community leaders,” said Lori Nocito, Executive Director of LWB. “We are proud to honor Don and Rebecca, who are dedicated board and advisory committee members and enthusiastic supporters of our organization. Their generosity and commitment to the community make them an excellent choice for this year’s Distinguished Leader Award.”
Both Don and Becky are graduates of Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2008, where they met and actually have the program to thank for introducing them to each other. Their work along with the other 7 members of the WWII Veterans Memorial Trip Project honored our greatest generation with an all-expenses paid trip to the WWII Monument in Washington DC. Their passion for helping others and community service eventually led them to join forces and they married in 2012.
Don graduated from Lehigh University and currently serves as the Business Development Director at UGI Utilities, Inc. Don is extremely active in our community and serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, Leadership Wilkes-Barre, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, the Wilkes-Barre CYC and Penn’s Northeast. Don participates in UGI’s Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Program where UGI has donated more than 1.2 million books to first graders across Pennsylvania. He is also an active volunteer with the United Way, serving as a MENtor in the organization’s Real Men Read Program. The Real Men Read Program puts a man in a Kindergarten classroom in the Wyoming Valley once a month to read and interact with youngsters. Nationwide, just over 2 percent of preschool teachers are men, and unfortunately a great number of children are growing up in single-parent homes lacking a positive male role model. Through the program, Don serves as a monthly MENtor to these children, reading to them and providing interaction that many may not receive at home.
Rebecca graduated from both LCCC and Wilkes University and serves as the Director of the Wilkes-Barre Center and Educational Conference Center for Luzerne County Community College. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success of Luzerne County and The Diamond City Partnership, and is a volunteer on the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Education Investment Committee. She is also a member of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Alumni and Advisory Councils. In addition, Rebecca is one of the 2016 recipients of the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Awards which honors and recognizes the extraordinary work of faculty, administrators, and staff for service to their students, colleagues and the community. Rebecca was also recognized in 2009 by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal among the ‘Top 20 under 40’ and again in 2016 as one of the ‘Top 25 Women in Business 2016’.
Together, this past year, Don & Rebecca Co-Chaired the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s 2015 – 2016 Annual Campaign. In this role, their leadership and advocacy not only helped the United Way to raise over $3.5 million dollars for nonprofits in the Wyoming Valley, but they also worked tirelessly to spread the word of the organization’s mission to fight childhood poverty in the Wyoming Valley.
Wico van Genderen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry served as chairperson for the 35th Annual Dinner & Graduation. Wico is an alumni of the Executive Leadership Program and currently serves on the LWB Board of Directors.
Teachers! Discover Your Potential to Have a Positive Impact.
IMPACT: A Leadership in Education Program, brings together the region’s education professionals for a series of interactive sessions designed to empower teachers to be progressive agents of positive change within schools. IMPACT combines the best of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s nationally award winning Core program with the intricate needs of local education. IMPACT participants will:
˗ Build leadership skills needed to adapt and thrive in challenging environments and to improve school cultures and educational outcomes
˗ Gain leadership skills that can be directly implemented in the classroom
˗ Better understand personal communication and behavioral styles
˗ Engage in an analysis of the public education system and develop an awareness of the community at large
˗ Connect with an accomplished group of civic leaders from the field of education as well as the government and private sectors
˗ Network with professionals from more than twelve districts
˗ Successfully complete a School Impact Project
˗ Earn THREE Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits
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