Alumni of the Month
Each month we will feature an update on a past class member.
Sage Peake - Employment Specialist at Cayuga Medical Center (LT Class of 2012)
How are you involved in the community?
Working in Human Resources at Cayuga Medical Center, we collaborate with community organizations to provide opportunities and education in the medical field for youth and underemployed individuals. Recently, we have partnered with the Learning Web, the ACE Regional Institute, TST BOCES and Tompkins Workforce New York. We also participate in community events including the World of Skills Job Fair, What’s Next? Career Expo and the Health Career Expo. Participating in seminars, presentations and job fairs allows me to meet with individuals and assist them with understanding the exciting opportunities available to them. If I can assist someone in realizing their potential and moving them toward a career (hopefully in healthcare), we are all successful.
Are you a member of any boards?
I am an active member on several boards in the community. I serve on the Workforce Investment Board focusing on workforce development in Tompkins County. I am also a member of the Youth Advisory Committee. We advise on matters relating to the delivery of youth employment programs and services. As a board member for the Trumansburg After School Program, we provide program oversight with the goal to provide quality childcare for students in the Trumansburg School District. As a member of the Health Careers Alliance of Tompkins County we plan and facilitate the Health Career Expo for area youth to gain exposure to careers in healthcare. Lastly, serving as an affiliate representative on the Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County, we work with local employers and leaders to promote diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
What did you gain from participating in Leadership Tompkins?
I enjoyed my time participating in this program and truly wish I could do it again. Having the opportunity to learn more about local organizations and networking with professionals in different industries was interesting, informative and fun. I was able to develop lasting professional relationships and I have a better understanding of the strengths and challenges of our community. Most of all, it inspired me to get involved.
What advice do you have for aspiring local leaders?
Your time and skills are great assets to the community. I strongly encourage everyone to become involved in local events, programs and organizations. Opportunities can be discovered by attending events such as Tompkins Connect’s Jump on Board. The community benefits from your participation and you are able grow professionally. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and collaborate with community leaders. Working together we will continue to make Tompkins County a wonderful place to live.