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Adult Member Spotlight

Meet an Exceptional Member from One of Our Programs

Leadership Toledo’s many accomplishments are only possible through the dedication and hard work of its members. Once each quarter, we spotlight a former program member so you can get to know them a little better – their life outside Leadership Toledo, their goals, their thoughts, and what they've learned from their time in our programs.

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Jose Rosales

Career Development Coordinator, Toledo Public Schools

How and when have you been involved with Leadership Toledo?

I am a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Toledo class, and have been serving as a board member since 2019. 

What has been your favorite moment or experience throughout your involvement?

During the adult program, every session brought it's own value and created memories for me as a professional. My favorite moment was during the first day, as the story of Toledo was being told from one of the top floors of the Fifth Third Building. 
As a child that grew up in East Toledo, I felt such a sense of pride knowing that servant leadership brings so much to all of us. 

How do you personally define leadership?

Leadership is about the ability to make an impact in your arena, whether that's in your professional role, or in your community. To me, it's never about a role or title, but the ability to make an impact. 

What strategies or resources do you find useful in order to continue your leadership development?

One resource that I have found useful in order to continue my leadership development is professional development. Both in my career and in the community, I love the opportunity to grow and learn from others, whether that's through direct interaction or learning about best practices, bench marks, etc. to be an effective community leader. 

How do you stay active in your community?

I currently serve on (3) local non profit boards and serve as a volunteer wrestling coach. My role(s) have expanded and vary from supporting annual golf outings to helping organize back to school supply drives and winter coat drives. 

What would you tell others who are considering involvement in Leadership Toledo's programs?

Any time a friend or colleague mentions going through LT's program, the first two words are always "DO IT". 
There's no words that can truly describe the program in its entirety. I encourage others to really step outside their comfort zone and apply to the program. 

What's new since you first became involved with Leadership Toledo?

Since graduating from the Class of 2016, I have began a new role with Toledo Public Schools. I currently serve as the Career Development Coordinator where I work directly with students in grades 8-12 as they explore career pathways, specifically about the career tech programs offered throughout the district. 

If you have questions about Leadership Toledo or our programs, we would love to connect with you!

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