In this interview, Business leader Pablo Quintanilla shares the ways that the Leadership CORPS Program impacted him.
After completing Leadership CORPS, what are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful that Leadership CORPS increased the depth and the breath of my perspective. For me, at this stage of my life, it’s not only about learning in any one area or topic. It’s about gaining the understanding of how trends and data points intersect, so I can also know how and when I can influence them.
Leadership CORPS also gave me a much stronger network of leaders from across San Mateo County that I can learn from, reach out to for support, and champion.
What did you take away from Leadership CORPS?
Participating in Leadership CORPS broadened my perspective by a “step change,” not simply an incremental change. It leaped me forward and provided me with perspective about how people where I live engage (or often struggle to engage) effectively with County organizations and services.
Leadership CORPS put me at the right elevation to get an insider’s look at who makes consequential decisions that impact hundreds of thousands of people. This is really unique knowledge to gain.
Leadership CORPS is a 10-month commitment. Is it worth the time for busy leaders?
Yes, it was a big commitment for me and for my family, but it was absolutely worth it! Growing your leadership is about recognizing where you can drive impact, even if it’s outside of your day-to-day work. The more ambiguous the problem, the more of an opportunity for impact.
I learned a lot about how San Mateo County works, its pressures, and the needs of its residents. While I don’t work in a function that interacts with civic organizations on a daily basis, I gained important knowledge about the scale, resources and speed with which it needs to move to support hundreds of thousands of people. Leadership CORPS presents the issues facing people in the County and allowed me to recognize their similarities independent of the issue area.
As a leader working in business, I am more aware now than ever before of the symbiotic relationship between government, private business, and nonprofits. I am now better at recognizing when they’re working in parallel and when they’re intersecting in rich and mutually beneficial ways. This is an invaluable perspective.
As a leader working in business, I am more aware now than ever before of the symbiotic relationship between government, private business, and nonprofits.