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2013-2014 Leadership Sanford
Program Details

Click here for a Leadership Sanford Application!

Mission: To provide a continuous, diverse supply of creative leaders to the community by developing their knowledge of the region and providing them the opportunity for meaningful action.

Program

The program begins in September with a day divided between orientation and lessons. Eight more monthly sessions follow. The sessions give participants an in-depth look at a range of topics of community interest and importance by experts and community leaders. Topics are designed to provide both personal development and community enrichment. The program concludes in May with a presentation of the group’s selected project to local business and civic leaders.

Objectives

  • To select highly qualified potential and emerging leaders who are most likely to give to the community through service and have the potential to assume expanded responsibility.
  • To provide participants with the knowledge necessary to create a deeper understanding of the community and the issues facing it.
  • To enhance and sharpen their leadership skills by providing an environment where consensus building, group problem solving and creativity are encouraged.
  • To educate participants in making sound judgments and explore solutions to problems in business and the community.
  • To challenge graduates of the program to serve as volunteers on appointed and elected boards, participate in community work and offer their services in government and non-profit organizations.
  • To communicate the benefits of Leadership Sanford to the community.

Participants

The program is limited to 15 participants. Open to business men and women of Lee County who have demonstrated leadership aptitude and who represent a cross section of interested, motivated and concerned citizens. Applicants may be nominated by any firm, organization or individual. After a thorough review of all submitted applications, the participants will be selected in an effort to form a group of geographic, racial, gender and occupational balance.

Tuition

Tuition for participants is $950 for Chamber members and $1200 for non-Chamber members. This fee covers all expenses, including meals and program materials. Any applicants interested in tuition assistance may submit a written request. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding yourself and others
  • Political leadership—participants have a chance to meet with local and state government leaders
  • Economic Development in Lee County - A look at economic development in Lee County, including a tour of some of Lee County’s industries
  • Leadership in Public Education - A look at Lee County’s public education system, including a look inside our schools
  • The Character of Leadership - Ethics and Etiquette - This has been one of the favorite sessions for past graduates, includes a 1/2 day session on dining and business etiquette
  • Communicating with your community - understanding diversity
  • Leadership Challenges - managing change in a static world
  • City and County Government - Talk with our City and County department heads about growth challenges for Sanford and Lee County.

Schedule

Classes meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

In order to make the program worthwhile and interesting for participants, each meeting’s time schedule may vary from 4-6 hours, depending on the topic. Participants will be given a complete list of times at the first session.

Click here for a Leadership Sanford Application!

 

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