The Richmond Leadership Program is designed to further develop our already well-informed and motivated community leaders. Its purpose is to enable participants to fully understand community issues and trends that will affect the future of Richmond. Leadership Program participants will be exposed to different leadership styles and will determine ways in which they, as community leaders, can respond effectively to present and future community concerns.
By sponsoring the Leadership Program, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce demonstrates its continuing commitment to developing effective local leaders.
“I was born and raised in Richmond, currently live and work in Richmond, and yet, because of the Chamber Leadership Class, I still learned so much more about the area that I didn’t know!”
SHERYL GRANZELLA, Richmond Sanitary Services, Inc.
The next scheduled course will begin January, 2013. All regular sessions take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from March through December from 9am to 4pm. (The program will not meet during the months of July and August). Attendance is expected for those enrolled. To be eligible for graduation, no more than 2 sessions are allowed to be missed throughout the program year.
• Become acquainted with community issues and operations
• Understand the forces that create community change
• Get to know current community leaders
• Form lasting relationships with other Leadership participants
• Enhance personal leadership qualities and skills
• Develop a spirit of commitment to the Richmond community
• Discover community leadership opportunities
• Shape the future of Richmond
Who Should Participate?
Applicants for the Leadership Program include those who are concerned about the future of Richmond and who want to expand their leadership roles in the community. Business and professional people, current community leaders, directors or board members of non-profit organization, representatives from the public sector and interested residents are all invited to apply. People who are new to the community find the Richmond Leadership Program an extremely beneficial orientation. Even the people who have previous involvement in community issues gain new insights and develop new personal and professional relationships through their program experience.
“In addition to getting to know an exceptional group of bright, talented individuals, the Richmond Leadership program has greatly enhanced my knowledge of the Richmond area, especially into areas that my work or other community involvement would not have naturally led. I am still amazed at the people I met, places I’ve gone, and things I have learned that will have a lasting impact on my life and work! I recommend this program as being essential for emerging leaders…and useful for seasoned execs who are interested in supplementing their current knowledge and experiences in civic engagement.”
JOAN DAVIS, Richmond Community Foundation
The Leadership Program provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between the participants and experts in a variety of fields. Each of the eight day-long sessions will focus on one or more of the following general topics: Government, Community, Planning, Housing, Transportation, Environment, Public Safety and Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Arts, Media, Diversity, Local Politics and Leadership Development.
The Leadership Program participants are selected from West County’s public and private sectors. Class size is limited to 25. Attendance to all sessions is expected.
Richmond Chamber Members | $799
Future Members | $999
How to Apply
As the course approaches, you will be able to apply online, or download and print an application and email, mail or fax it back to the Richmond Chamber office.
Applications must include a 50 percent deposit made payable to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and a completed application form to ensure enrollment. Tuition is non-refundable. To encourage multi-cultural diversity, the program will award several scholarships.
For more information call Judy or Chris at 510-234-3512.