Melissa White of GFI Management Services Awarded NAAEI Leadership Training Scholarship April 22, 2014

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Arlington, Va.—The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) has selected Melissa White, director of marketing and training for GFI Management Services Inc., as the recipient of the first Alexandra Jackiw Leadership Scholarship, which supports leadership training for minority employees working in the apartment industry.

As recipient of the scholarship, White will attend the NAAEI Leadership Experience: Powered by Dale Carnegie course that will be held April 30 to May 1 at the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore. The scholarship covers tuition and travel to the two-day course, which teaches mid-level managers how to successfully lead, inspire and motivate.

The two-day NAAEI Leadership Experience: Powered by Dale Carnegie course covers topics such as developing personal leadership, communicating to lead, coaching for performance, delegating and building trust, credibility and respect. These skills are critical for people moving into mid-level management roles in the apartment industry.

NAAEI developed the course after hearing from industry executives and managers that the apartment industry does a good job training its onsite staff but falls down in providing the necessary training when those people are promoted into mid-level leadership roles. It held a pilot version of the course last fall in Atlanta. The course was held a second time earlier this month in Dallas.

Kendra Majors, NALP, area manager for Western Rim Property Services, mentors teams at six communities and attended the Dallas course.

As part of the scholarship, White also will have the opportunity to travel and meet with scholarship namesake Alex Jackiw, CAPS, CPM, for an in-person mentoring session. The scholarship is the National Apartment Association’s way of honoring Jackiw for serving as 2013 NAA Chairman of the Board.

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