OSCEOLA CO.\u00a0\u2014 \u00a0Building leaders and enhancing the strengths of individuals is one of the reasons why the Osceola County Leadership Summit is a valuable program for a number of county business professionals, officials and organization members. \u201cIt\u2019s gaining some momentum,\u201d said Frontline Specialists President and CEO Al Weinberg, who also\u00a0facilitates\u00a0the summit. \u201cIt\u2019s like a backstage pass to the county, if you will.\u201d The 10-day program starts with a two-day retreat beginning Sept. 19 and continues every third Thursday of the month through May 2014. Though past participants include county commissioners, county directors, city and township officials and business owners, it is open to everyone in the county. \u201cIt\u2019s a way to develop and further community leaders by developing self leadership skills and team leadership skills,\u201d Weinberg added. While all who attend the program take away different personal experiences, monthly themes will allow members to go behind the scene of professions and industries throughout Osceola County while expanding their knowledge and improving their abilities to communicate, train, manage and more. It also provides individuals the opportunity to form connections and network with other professionals. Osceola County Commissioner Jill Halladay was one of many individuals who completed the most recent course this past May. \u201cI actually learned a lot,\u201d said Halladay, noting it was an all-around good learning experience she enjoyed. \u201cI thought it was useful for me in the position I\u2019m in.\u201d Among many skills, Halladay said she learned about different ways to be a leader, how to handle certain situations, how to communicate in different ways and learned how to efficiently work with other course members to perform a variety of tasks. In addition, Halladay\u2019s eyes were opened to different features and resources within Osceola County and made new connections. \u201cI think it was a good course and I think it\u2019s beneficial for everyone,\u201d she added. Registration is open through Aug. 15 and the cost is $675. Scholarships are available, Weinberg added. For more information, visit www.frontlinespecialists.com.