Connect with Southern Indiana is a leadership program sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana to boost Indiana's retention of intellectual capital. At the heart of the program is developing creative problem solving skills and promoting active citizenship. Participants expand their opportunities for creating new connections: with other residents, with local and regional organizations, between communities, and between USI and the region. These connections are designed to transcend traditional boundaries of towns and counties, occupation, and demography.
Participation in Connect with Southern Indiana provides invaluable, tangible skills, including the opportunity to meet others from the region with similar concerns and interests, identify areas for collaborative projects, and meet business and civic leaders while developing creative problem solving skills. All programs will be facilitated by USI faculty and staff and community leaders.
Connect with Southern Indiana contains a social entrepreneurship model in which participants seek innovative solutions to a variety of problems or needs. Participants will bridge the gap between entrepreneurial thought and practice by focusing on activities that must be carried out by a variety of businesses and organizations. The program is designed to actively immerse participants in the strategic entrepreneurial process with the objectives to reinforce and develop divergent thinking, analytical thinking and communication skills. The primary goal is the development and communication of an organizational model in an atmosphere that is based on team collaboration and coaching.
The 2017 Connect with Southern Indiana session will include residents from Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. Those selected participate in a total of ten full day sessions including one overnight retreat over a five month period and are required to develop a collaborative project that will be presented at the conclusion of the program on May 5, 2017.