Leadership Columbia-Greene is a dynamic, community-based program designed to develop informed, action-oriented leaders to meet the future challenges of our area.
A community, like a business, can only operate well when people are willing to step forward and take leadership roles. The new Leadership Columbia-Greene program of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has been designed to prepare emerging leaders to lead their business and community.
The Leadership Columbia-Greene program offers an opportunity for individuals to develop leadership, team building, and strategic thinking skills. As participants explore styles, examine options, establish relationships, and participate in networking opportunities they make a valuable contribution to their employer, organization, and the community.
For over 20 years there have been Leadership Programs in Columbia and Greene Counties. This year, under the leadership of the Columbia and Greene County Chambers, the programs have been combined to establish the most dynamic local program yet.
Leadership Columbia-Greene Program Summary
Session 1 – Two Day Retreat
The opening retreat is a two-day retreat that will allow participants to escape the day-to-day pressures of work and focus on personal and professional growth.
Session 2 – Agricultural & Tourism
Columbia and Greene Counties have long had an economic focus in agriculture and tourism, both of which are major sources of outside investment and expenditure in our region.
Session 3 – Site tours of Leading Columbia and Greene County Businesses
A guided coach bus trip stopping at several local businesses for tours and the opportunity to network with local leaders who are the fabric of the business community.
Session 4 – Arts, History & Creative Economy Panel
This session will show how the arts, local history, and creative economy play an important role in building and sustaining cultural and economic vibrance in our communities and have regional and national significance.
Session 5 – Health & Wellness; Leadership Activities and Introduction to Public Speaking
The day will consist of a panel of professionals in the Health & Wellness field that will broaden your knowledge of what is available in our counties.
Session 6 – Government, Economic Development, and Mock Planning Board Meeting The mock planning board meeting allows participants to take on the roles of planning board members, presenters to the planning board and town residents to learn how a municipal meeting operates, from presenting a proposal to the planning board to the board’s decision-making process.
Session 7 – Education & Public Speeches
A panel presentation by local educational professionals will address the scope and variety of educational offerings available in the twin counties, along with current trends, opportunities, and challenges facing educators.
Session 8 – Community Awareness Day
This session will provide the opportunity to learn about the large variety of non-profit organizations that exist in Columbia and Greene counties.
Session 9 – Hands on Community Project
Spend a day helping a non-profit organization from Columbia or Greene County with projects.
Session 10 – Advanced Leadership Training and Class Graduation
This session ties together the many leadership theories learned in the past nine sessions and prepares Leadership Graduates to put them into action.
The program cost is $1,200, and participants are nominated by their employer, who gains an employee with new leadership skills as well as savvy about the region in return for the tuition support and the time off from work.
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