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Leadership Fairbanks Graduates Local Leader


Tracy Vanairsdale

PHOTO: Courtesy of Bettisworth North Architects & Planners

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Tracy Vanairsdale, managing partner of Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc., joined 24 other local leaders in graduating this summer from the Leadership Fairbanks Program sponsored by the Great Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce (http://fairbankschamber.org/leadership-fairbanks/). The 8-month program is designed to strengthen local community members’ leadership skills through theory, networking, and mentoring. Vanairsdale’s class included senior managers as well as newly emerging leaders from public agencies, non-profit organizations, the financial sector and other private companies.

Classes, such as Trust & Integrity, Accountability & Recognition, and Passion & Productivity, emphasized critical aspects of leadership. Vanairsdale says as managing principal architect at Bettisworth North, she will always strive to build new leadership skills. "Through Leadership Fairbanks, I will remain engaged with other community leaders and embrace my strengths and weaknesses, achievements and mistakes.” The biggest takeaway from the program for Vanairsdale was “Communicating your passion and enthusiasm is contagious to others and a key ingredient of great leadership”.

Bettisworth North Architects and Planners, Inc. celebrates 36 years of community building in Alaska, providing architectural design, landscape architecture, interior design, and planning. The award-winning firm has 32 employees, with offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Recent notable work includes the Valdez Middle School, Ruby Health Clinic, Fairbanks International Airport terminal, Ketchikan Public Library, 188 West Northern Lights Boulevard office building, UAA Kenai Peninsula College Student Housing and Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic. Visit www.bettisworthnorth.com to learn more.

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