Leadership DeKalb Seeking Participants for New Class

August 25, 2010
Jen Sherwood and Suzanne Williams

Leadership DeKalb is seeking participants for its 13th class to run September 2010 – June 2011. The program's mission is to develop a diverse pool of business and community leaders, and to provide them with the information and tools needed to become more effective and active leaders in creating positive change in DeKalb County.

Anyone who lives or works in DeKalb County is encouraged to join the upcoming class. For more information, please contact Jen Sherwood at 615-464-0645 or the chamber office.

Leadership DeKalb is an adult leadership enhancement program. This program is for individuals who are or show the desire for the role of community trustees. Participants study the county in-depth, strengthen leadership skills and build a network of fellow leaders through the Leadership DeKalb classmates and alumni. Leadership DeKalb shapes our county's future with knowledgeable, effective and active leaders.

Each year, twelve individuals who live and/or work in DeKalb County are selected to participate in the September to June program. Selection into Leadership DeKalb is competitive, based upon a written application. The selection committee considers candidates' involvement in the community and demonstration of their current or future leadership potential. The overall diversity among the class participants - including occupation, age, heritage, gender, education and geography -- plays a significant role in the selection process. Tuition is $175 and is expected to be paid at least in part by the participant. The following dates provide the selection schedule for the Class of 2011:

September 1 - Deadline for application
September 3 - Notification to applicants by letter
September 10 - Tuition payment deadline

Class of 2011 Program Schedule

Program Meeting Days Time Topics

Thursday, Sept 16, 2010
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Opening Retreat (full attendance required)

Thursday, Oct 7, 2010
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Health Care & Quality of Life

Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Local Government

Thursday, Dec 9, 2010
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Justice System

Thursday, Jan 20, 2011
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Economic Development

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011
7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Mon-Tues, March 14-15, 2011
2 pm - 5 pm (overnight)
State Government (Nashville)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Community & Communications

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Center Hill Lake (closing retreat)

Thursday, June 16, 2011
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Graduation (families, employers & sponsors are invited)

Participants must be committed to attending all sessions, and a maximum of only 10 excused hours may be missed throughout the year in order to successfully complete the program. Opening retreat and graduation are required.

For questions or more information, contact the chamber office at 597-4163 or Jen Sherwood at 615-464-0645.

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