ISKCON News | GBC College Graduates Second Group of North American Leaders

( – HG Lokarama Dasa of ISKCON Ypsilanti receiving his GBC College certificate. All images are courtesy of the GBC College.

An exceptional group of North American leaders gathered in New Vrindaban on March 18-26th for the concluding session of their year-long training with the GBC’s College for Leadership Development. They were directed by HG Rupanuga Prabhu, President of the GBC College, and HG Govinda Priya Devi, Vice-President of the GBC College. This Zonal Supervisor Training program equips participants with various skills and tools in spiritual excellence, personal relationships, and organizational and administrative effectiveness.

Since 2015, the GBC College has trained leader candidates on multiple continents worldwide. Candidates for the program are selected by their GBC leaders and further vetted by the GBC College Admissions Committee. “I attended the GBC College as a student. I’ve also taught the Communications Course there several times, both with the Indian and North American branches of the College,” he continued, “I think this is a significant initiative for ISKCON because it’s training devotees with the vision and practical skills to be better leaders at all levels within our society. “said HG Anuttama Dasa, GBC Minister of Communications.

This current program prepares candidates to become zonal supervisors. “The GBC has divided the world into 168 zones, and each GBC oversees about five zones,” explained Rupanuga Das. “One zonal supervisor will be assigned to each zone, assisting the local GBC in managing it.” The comprehensive course, beginning in the spring of 2022, comprised more than sixty live Zoom and other online sessions on topics ranging from temple management to Western outreach and communication skills. Trust building, cross-cultural leadership, book distribution, fundraising, event organizing, developing farm communities, and project management and execution were also covered by various instructors.

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