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ACE Monthly Meeting - November 15, 2013

  • November 15, 2013
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club, Rt 88, Falmouth Maine


  • Member Pricing when paid in advance
  • Non-member pricing
  • Pay now for the next 6 months and you do not have to remember to register again for 6 months!
  • 12 meetings for the price of 11! Plus the bonus of not having to register again for a year!

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We can make a difference...



Jan Anderson Kearce, Executive Director

The Institute for Civic Leadership


We live in a time of rapid change.  We find ourselves in awe of the pace, inspired by the innovations, overwhelmed by the scope and afraid of some of the potential outcomes.  Stepping up to influence those outcomes falls to each of us, working independently and collaboratively, as we create the “change we want to see in the world.” First, we have to believe we can make a difference.


As Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound espoused, “There is more in you than you think.”  Rappelling over the edge of a cliff,` scaling a mountain, sailing in dense fog or creating a cohesive team from a randomly assembled group, Outward Bound students find that they expand their self-knowledge, increase their understanding of others and achieve far more than ever imagined. Former students facing challenging situations move forward with a new self-confidence born of their course experiences and an understanding that they are not alone.


Life’s challenges – personal, work and community – come in many packages.  Opportunities to lead and follow abound.  Finding our place in the maelstrom of challenges provided by today’s changing times is an opportunity.  At the Institute for Civic Leadership, we support a process that builds the leadership capacity to shape communities. 


Join the ACE conversation as Jan Kearce expands on Kurt Hahn’s words:

“There is more in you than you think, there is more in me than I know and there is more in all of us together than we can possibly imagine.”  

About the Organization

The Institute for Civic Leadership develops, inspires, convenes and engages a network of diverse leaders and community members to foster collaboration and drive transformational change. Our programs and services connect people to the issues and reveal the power of their individual and collective roles in addressing community concerns. We cultivate the conversations and facilitate actions that positively impact Maine’s communities.


We counter the fear that nothing will ever change with the certainty that the source of change is within our power - in the heads, hearts and hands of the people who will make it so.

Jan Kearce is a change leader, strategist, coach, and partner who brings deep passion and experience to her work with leaders, teams and organizations. Perhaps equal to Jan’s depth of passion and experience is her commitment to building leadership capacity and operational excellence that supports organizational and individual visions.


Jan has more than three decades of experience working with leaders and teams to create results that matter – to them and to their organizations. With diverse experience as a leader in manufacturing (CertainTeed Corporation), outdoor education (Outward Bound), environmental protection (Georgia River Network), Jan has led initiatives that span from quality, safety and operational excellence to design of “a great place to work,” planning and creation of an internal training institute, and multi-location mergers. As Vice President of Sustainability at The Nebo Company, Jan led the delivery of customized leadership development and strategy consulting services that support the vision and action of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that we live and work sustainably.  At the Institute for Civic Leadership, Jan is the Executive Director in charge of managing all programs, fundraising and operations, as well as a Senior Consultant delivering coaching, planning processes, workshops and convening services that strengthen leaders, organizations and communities.


Jan has a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia; a Master’s Degree in Human Resource / Organizational Development from American University and NTL; and Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University.




Takes place from 9:45-10:30 following the regular meeting and is optional


Did You Know?


Facilitatator: Geoff Lamdin, President of Left Field Solutions, LLC.

"Did You Know", will be exploring the art of asking questions, the nature of consulting and perhaps balance some nails, all with the objective of offering better consulting to our current and perspective clients.


Each new day we are exposed to more new information than we have been exposed to in the prior year, nevermind absorbed!  As consultants, this creates an enormous challenge - or does it?  Can we remain flexible and agile in our own business practices? How do we engage compellingly and efficaciously in the global economy - right here in Maine?


Come to the Round Table discussion to toss around the art of questioning, as specifically related to consulting - questions and ideas all should be thinking about!

Geoffrey P. Lamdin has helped build and position start-up and early stage companies for funding and has developed strategic alliances and collaborative agreements, domestically and internationally. Mr. Lamdin has experience facilitating strategic growth problem resolution and managing groups of highly competent people to accomplish a complex objective. He specializes in the cleantech sector. He is President of Left Field Solutions, LLC, co-founder of SeaChange Group LLC and Introspective Systems LLC.  Geoff's email is


“Geoff Lamdin is often described as an intelligent visionary and opportunity engineer; one of those rare people who have the capability to reside comfortably in any number of disciplines.”   James Olson, Smith Barney






The Facts...

The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

Registrations are required by November 12, 2013. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date.

You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
110 Marginal Way #142
Portland ME 04101

If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

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