Investing in education through leadership

Debbie Troutt, Human Resources Manager, Hawesville Mill

An essential component of our corporate responsibility is supporting organizations in the communities where we operate to help improve quality of life. Through the Community Investment Program, the Hawesville Mill recently allocated significant resources to honor this commitment.

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation has determined that the business community can have the greatest impact on improving the academic performance of schools and students in our state by focusing on school principals. They have asked business leaders in every county to “get involved in improving education” by sponsoring one or more local principals at the Leadership Institute for School Principals. The Foundation created this Institute through a strategic partnership with The Center for Creative Leadership – a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research which is using its executive training expertise for these school leaders.

Education is critical

As business leaders, we understand why education is such a huge priority. Our children and grandchildren, who are our future workforce, are coming through the education system right now. They are competing against the rest of the world, working to be adequately prepared for available jobs. Domtar and the Hawesville Mill depend on a skilled workforce to stay in business and to remain competitive.

The leadership factor

The business community recognizes the importance of leadership within individual companies. Motivated leaders create results. Well-trained leaders drive success. Organizations without strong leaders falter. Our schools are no different. As CEOs of their schools, principals play an essential role in motivating teachers and the performance of students.

For these reasons, the Hawesville Mill applied to the Community Investment Program and received a grant to sponsor the participation of Principal Diane Hatchett (pictured) in the Leadership Institute for School Principals. Hatchett is the principal of Hancock County Middle School, and was among 56 Kentucky school leaders chosen to go the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC last summer. Over a seven-day period, they received executive level leadership training, and will receive follow-up with a personal coach.

The Hawesville Mill is proud to sponsor Principal Hatchett and wishes her much success.