In May, a number of IRWA Chapter leaders were invited to experience an exclusive Leadership
Development Pilot Program led by Mind Gym, an expert on behavioral science and
educational psychology. Focused on the impact one can have on others, the event aimed to
develop innovative leadership programming with IRWA and attendees had the opportunity to
provide feedback and observations after the experience.
Among those who attended were two Young Professionals, Janella Cordova and Gabe Becerra.
Janella is a Senior Project Manager for OPC and has worked in the right of way industry since
2008. She is currently the International Electric & Utilities Committee Chair and one of the
Young Professional Representatives for Region 1. Gabe is a Senior Right of Way Agent for OPC
with experience in project management, acquisition, relocation and right of way engineering/
design. He is also a Region 1 Young Professionals Representative, the Communications Chair
for Chapter 67 and he was recently elected to be the Chapter’s incoming Treasurer.
As the two Young Professionals in attendance, Janella and Gabe provide a unique perspective
on the event. They were challenged to think about their motivation, assess their purpose and
analyze their respective motivational styles.
Young Professionals weigh in