Leadership Haywood Application Deadline August 9

By Haywood County Chamber of Commerce | Jul 08, 2013

The Haywood Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the Leadership Haywood program. Leadership Haywood is designed to develop informed, active and involved leaders for Haywood County. The program will take an intensive look into the social, economical and political dynamics and their impact on our community.

According to Tommy Bourque of Old Town Bank, “Leadership Haywood is an excellent way for members of our community who desire to further develop their leadership skills to better Haywood County.  Participants will garner a better understanding of how our community works and create working relationships with other class members and community leaders who lend their skills to Leadership Haywood.”

Leadership Haywood will begin with an opening team building exercise in September followed by an 8-month curriculum. Session topics includes: The History of Haywood County/Arts and Cultural Resources, Health and Medical, Local and State Government, Education, Economic Development, Non-Profits/Religion, Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention, and the Environment. Participants will build relationships and strengthen leadership skills needed to be an effective leader as they progress through the program.

“During the course of the program participants will be informed, enlightened and motivated.  Participants will be challenged to tackle tough, complex problems our community faces.  As an outcome, graduates of Leadership Haywood will have a better understanding of key leadership principles essential for successful leadership work,” said Haywood Chamber President CeCe Hipps.

Participants are selected through an application process that focuses on their civic involvement, leadership potential and commitment to the leadership program and community. To successfully complete the program, participants are required to attend all sessions. Tuition for Leadership Haywood is $600 for members of the Haywood Chamber of Commerce and $700 for non-members. Applications are due by 5 pm, Friday, August 9 and are available via www.haywoodchamber.com.

The Haywood Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization with approximately 500 businesses in the area.  The mission of the Chamber is to create and sustain and successful economic environment.