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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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Allen Santiago

ProMedica / Paramount Health Insurance

How and when have you been involved with Leadership Toledo?

I am a part of the graduating class of 2019 Leadership Toledo Signature Program.

What was your favorite experience or takeaway from your involvement?

My favorite experience during the Signature Program was the Regional Tour - "Discovering Our Hidden Treasures" day. I love history and being born and raised in Northwest Ohio there was much about the area I didn't know nor had ever heard of.
I also loved getting to know my classmates and am fortunate to keep in touch with many of them.
The biggest thing I've gained from my experience with Leadership Toledo is confidence in my abilities and how I can help others through my experiences, skills and just showing up.

How do you personally define leadership?

Leadership to me is best defined as servant leadership, and understanding that you need to take care of yourself to be there for others.

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

Having mentors.
Helping others, including being a mentor.
Continuously seeking out and reading about leadership styles, tips, stories, etc.
Staying active in the community through volunteering, as well as supporting and attending events and causes you are passionate about.

How do you stay active in your community?

I am an active Prevent Blindness Ohio - Northwest Ohio Executive Council member, Toledo Latino Leaders Collaborative participant and I volunteer monthly at the ProMedica food clinic as well as multiple other volunteer opportunities as they arise.

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

Promoted to Senior Analyst at ProMedica.
Currently pursuing my MBA at UT.
Prevent Blindness Ohio, Northwest Ohio Executive Council member.
Toledo Latino Leaders Collaborative participant.

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

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