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Leadership Etowah

Leadership Etowah

NOW ENROLLING FOR 2015 CLASS

Leadership Etowah is a program of The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah which each year brings together a class of ten participants for ten one-day retreats. The program objective is to present to the participants a series of issues-oriented forums based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. Class members visit organizations and institutions across Etowah County. This allows them to seek a mutual understanding of the priorities and problems facing the county; they also seek to invent vital solutions to the challenges that define the future of our county. Program participants will gain a broader understanding of the complexities that our diverse community represents. Participants will leave the program prepared to use the information and skills they will gain from this experience to be a leader in the community.

From our first meeting to our Graduation Ceremony, students are informed, engaged and encouraged to make a difference in their own personal, individual way. We visit organizations and institutions through the year, challenging participants to listen, learn, teach, think and do with an expanded, broader vision of the paths to take to move our county forward and to better the quality of life for all citizens.

 

Mission

Leadership Etowah is a personal development program designed to motivate participants to develop and enhance leadership skills through an educational process that addresses pertinent community needs.

Our success in meeting the challenges before us depends on the active involvement of informed, dedicated citizens who have the ability and desire to assume positions of leadership—people like you.

 

Purpose

The purpose of Leadership Etowah is to:

  • Identify potential and existing leaders in business, labor, education, government and the community at large and help them prepare for voluntary responsibility in our area.
  • Provide leaders with practical and sophisticated understanding of major opportunities and problems facing the Etowah County area.
  • Facilitate access between emerging leaders and the current leadership in the community.
  • Improve the communications network among leaders from unique and different backgrounds.
  • Stimulate increased participation and commitment in the community.
 

Curriculum

The Leadership Etowah program consists of ten monthly topic-oriented one-day seminars from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a graduation ceremony. Attendance is mandatory.

The goal of each session is to open the mind of each participant to the perspectives that surround the issue and, through thoughtful consideration of those perspectives, to enable participants to become visionary leaders in the community. (Class order is subject to change.)

Session I—Orientation to Leadership
Session II—Non-Profits and Social Services
Session III—Education
Session IV—Workforce Development
Session V—Government
Session VI—Healthcare
Session VII—Tourism
Session VIII—Arts and Culture
Session IX—Economic Development
Session X—Graduation

 

2015 Class Dates

  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12 + 2 additional days TBD for a Wednesday-Thursday overnight stay in Montgomery to visit the legislative session
  • June 9
  • August 11
  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10
 

Criteria

  • Demonstrated desire to serve the community by past civic activities.
  • Willing to seek leadership roles on public and private boards, in volunteer organizations, or in public office
  • Motivated to improve skill set
  • Have potential for advancement to leadership positions in their own organization, or already in a leadership position
  • Have an occupation in which they will not likely be relocating from the county in the immediate future
  • Commit to participate fully, meet attendance requirements, and as alumni continue for at least one year their involvement with the program as resource persons, program planners, Board Members or other roles as needed
  • Have a letter of recommendation or support of participation from their employer

Participants are selected based on leadership abilities or potential, career goals, volunteer activities, contributions to their communities, and commitment to help shape a better Etowah County. Participants are diverse and do not share a common age, gender, lifestyle, career or hometown; but what they do share is a vision of what Etowah County can and must be as we move forward. And they share the ability to lead our county to that visionary future.

 

Leadership Partners

  • Huntingdon College
  • The University of Alabama Gadsden Center
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Team One Automotive
  • Alabama Power
  • The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 31, 2014

Cost: $500 per participant for members, $600 for non-members

Current Class

  • Becky Estes
    Becky Estes
    Office Manager
    Company:
    Alabama Technology Network
  • Cassandra Wheeler
    Cassandra Wheeler
    Plant Manager
    Company:
    Gadsden Steam Plant/Southern Company
  • Christi Brown
    Christi Brown
    Executive Director
    Company:
    Humane Society Pet Rescue & Adoption Center
  • Christina Robinson
    Christina Robinson
    Mortgage Services/Lending
    Company:
    Alabama Teachers Credit Union
  • David Carn
    David Carn
    Director of Business Development/General Counsel
    Company:
    Back Forty Beer Company
  • Jack Mayfield
    Jack Mayfield
    Instructor, Industrial Automation
    Company:
    Gadsden State Community College
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    Mike Jones
    VP Financial Advisor
    Company:
    Raymond James
  • Neela Patel
    Neela Patel
    Owner/Operator
    Company:
    Best Western Plus
  • Rebecca Duke
    Rebecca Duke
    Curator
    Company:
    Gadsden Museum of Art
  • Scott Wood
    Scott Wood
    Director of Supply Chain
    Company:
    Gadsden Regional Medical Center
  • Sheila Hurley
    Sheila Hurley
    Executive Director
    Company:
    CED Mental Health
  • Todd O'Brien
    Todd O'Brien
    Northeast Alabama Market President
    Company:
    BBVA
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