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SALINAS SCENE: Event to benefit ag education programs

Monterey County Agricultural Education Inc. will host "Flavors of the World" on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The annual event provides funds for the ag awareness and literacy programs of the organization such as The Farm Day Experience, Careers in Agriculture, Education & Agriculture Together and Ag Knowledge.

The 2006 event will be held at the Orradre Building in King City, CA, and will feature the cuisine and atmosphere of South America.

The evening will include a live auction with a limited number of exclusive items. In addition, the Davis House Legacy -- raising money to restore the late-19th-century Victorian house in Salinas -- will auction the first autographed "Heroes of Ag" calendar, which features some 30 men from the Monterey County agriculture community who posed naked for the calendar as a Davis House fund-raiser.

Tickets are $50 per person by reservation. For reservations or additional information, e-mail mcaged@redshift.comor call 831/455-8177.

Bracher Center to hold leadership workshop
The Bracher Center for Integrity in Leadership is hosting MBA Impact, a set of workshops that combines best-practice processes with business and management experience.

The workshop date is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, CA, and it will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $950 per person, which includes participation in the workshop and lunch. As of Sept. 6, there still were openings available.

Jim Bracher, who created the Bracher Center for Integrity in Leadership in 2002, said that the Sept. 20 seminar would be well represented by the Salinas Valley agricultural community.

Mr. Bracher and business partner Del Mank created MBA Impact. MBA Impact Essentials is a one-day, interactive, best-practices workshop that provides business-focused leadership essentials and immediate common-sense application. It attempts to elevate performance through better understanding and the application of strategy, structure, leadership, teamwork, marketing, finance, compliance and operations disciplines.

The ideal attendee is in the top 3 percent of a company. Characteristics of those "3 percenters" include a strong self-image, the ability to handle criticism and admit mistakes, strong communication skills, confidence, self understanding and being goal-oriented.

Mr. Bracher is co-author of the book Integrity Matters with Daniel E. Halloran, a member of the Bracher Center for Integrity in Leadership. Mr. Bracher has written a column by the same name -- published in both English and Spanish -- for several years for The Californian, a daily newspaper in Salinas.

Mr. Bracher's work has been featured on network television, in national newspapers and in business journals. His professional experience includes stints as a member of various advisory councils and boards of directors.

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