To engage local leaders and their organizations to invest in the community by embracing the history, community affairs, and current challenges to enrich life in the valley, make our communities stronger and enhance personal leadership skills.
Leadership in the Valley Program Structure
Leadership in the Valley is a nine-month program from September through May. Classes typically run from 7:30am-4:30pm and meet in different locations around the community each month exploring a major topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Topics addressed include community and the arts, government, agriculture and environment, education, diversity, public safety-law, economic development/business, health and human services, and leadership development. At the end of the Leadership in the Valley program year, a graduation ceremony and dinner will be held in recognition of the class. After completing the program, graduates will become alumni of the 80+ Leadership in the Valley Alumni group.
2023-2024 Curriculum Dates
- September 13 2023: Welcome Reception (evening event)
- September 14, 2023: Kick Off
- October 12, 2023: Agriculture & Environment
- November 9, 2023: Government
- December 14, 2023: Business & Economic Development
- January 11, 2024: Health & Wellness
- February 8, 2024: Education
- March 14, 2024: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- April 11, 2024: Public Safety & Law
- May 8, 2024: Community & the Arts
- May 9, 2024: Graduation Ceremony (evening event)
SNOW DAY: April 25, 2024
Leadership in the Valley requires a strict time commitment. Class members must attend a minimum of 80% of all sessions and participate in a service project with classmates. The class will break into smaller groups to work together on a service project which will take additional time outside of the class sessions. This is a requirement to graduate from the program. The service project serves as a crucible where class members will practice and apply leadership skills in a small-group experience, work with community leaders, gain an in-depth understanding of a community organization and/or community need, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Project work is done outside of regular day session meetings. Meeting times and locations are determined by project group members.
Cost & Tuition
A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is due when this application is submitted. The tuition fee for Leadership in the Valley is $1,495 for non-Chamber members and $1,295 for Chamber members, which covers all costs for orientation meals, materials, supplies and supplemental transportation throughout the year. The fee may be paid by the participant and/or their business firm or organization. Tuition payment in full is due by September 11, 2023 to participate in the program.
Scholarship funds are available- please reach out to President; Robin Anthony at email@example.com to inquire.