As we take this moment to reflect upon and celebrate our successes with those who have helped to make them possible, we would like to thank you for your ongoing collaboration and partnership. I have accompanied the Academy on its journey of growth and evolution for the past 16 years. During this time, I have been fortunate to witness first hand how our partnerships have deepened as we have worked intently to align our goals and efforts. Our partnerships exist across the Southern California region, across the state, and throughout the nation. We realize that we cannot do this work alone, and that collaboration is essential for our success. Our 20th Anniversary event is intended to honor these partnerships.
Over the past two decades, the Academy has evolved from the Public Child Welfare Training Academy that provided exclusively Child Welfare training to the Academy for Professional Excellence that provides workforce development and organizational support service in the areas of Child Welfare, Behavioral Health, Adult Services, Executive Development, Indian Child Welfare, and Cultural Responsiveness. While classroom training is still our primary mode of training, we have expanded our service array to include coaching, eLearnings, simulation training, mobile applications, research and evaluation. We now provide broader organizational support in the form of strategic planning and practice implementation consultation services as we recognize that training alone will not be successful in improving practice.
In a recent (2016) Harvard Business Review article about why Leadership Trainings often fail, “Organizations need ‘fertile soil’ in place before the ‘seeds’ of training interventions can grow.” I would also like to recognize and honor my Academy Team as they are truly the most innovative, driven, committed, caring, loyal, and productive group of individuals I have ever met. They inspire me on a daily basis as they continually work to upgrade our programs and services in ways that will increase our impact as we strive to achieve our vision of improving the quality of lives of those in the community.
I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this amazing staff on a daily basis. As I speculate about what the next decade will bring, I can assure you that we will remain committed to providing innovative and effective strategies for developing health and human services professionals. Our future success is directly related to active and reciprocating partnerships built on trust and a shared commitment to improve the lives of everyone in our community. Once again, thank you for partnership and support.