Leadership conference features prominent Fairbanks figures

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Local leaders gathered over the weekend to help residents refine their leadership skills.
Julia Laude bring us some key points that were shared about lifting leadership to the next level.
Col. Kevin Lambert; 1-25 SBCT, Brigade Commander, Fort Wainwright>>: "It takes hard work, it takes putting focus, your nose to the grindstone."
Patty Mongold; President & CEO, Mt. McKinley Bank>>: "If you want to be a true leader, I think you have to accept that people make mistakes."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Honing in on leadership skills.
Sen. Pete Kelly; (R) Alaska>>: "Without leadership you don't go forward."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Gathered at Journey Christian Church, local leaders shared their experiences.
Mayor Jim Matherly; City of Fairbanks>>: "All of you are leaders. Every one of you could come up here and do what I'm doing this morning any of you could."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Mayor Jim Matherly says he quickly learned what it meant to be in his leadership role after the death of police Sergeant Allen Brandt in the line of duty.
Mayor Jim Matherly; City of Fairbanks>>: "Third day on the job, I'm in a meeting and they call me out and they say 'he just passed away' and I'm like 'what do I do now?' Literally I didn't know what the heck to do and the police department said we're going to put together a vigil, Mayor we need you there, two hours from now and I was petrified. I honestly was petrified. So I head on over to the police station, people are crying and I'm hugging police officers, I'm hugging dispatchers, I'm hugging people and they came to me and they said we need you to talk, we need you to talk today. I said 'okay I'll do it.' I didn't have time to write anything. So a few hundred people are gathered at the police department, it was winter time, it was November so I went and I talked. I remember vividly just saying a prayer and at the end of the speech I walked into the police department and I kind of fell, I collapsed. I was so wigged out and that's the moment I became Mayor."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Coordinator of the event, Derek Dickinson says he wanted to help the community grow.
Derek Dickinson; Pastor, Conference Coordinator>>: "It's been said everything rises and falls on leadership and so I think it makes a huge difference and so if we can encourage and equip leaders it benefits not only those leaders but the organizations they lead and the whole community."
Mayor Jim Matherly; City of Fairbanks>>: "Maybe they just have a view of this of leadership but then it will open up and expand by hearing other people's stories and experiences."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: And whatever role you take on, working to enhance your skills is something that not only benefits individuals, but can impact the state as well.
Sen. Pete Kelly; (R) Alaska>>: "Leadership is obviously an important thing for this state and the more people understand leadership the better, whether it's business, academia, ministry, politics, government, we need good leaders in those positions."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Dickinson hopes to make the Leadership Conference an annual event.
This is Julia Laude reporting.