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Leadership Douglas

Download the 2018 Leadership Douglas Application HERE
Applications are due by March 15, 2017.

Mission: The mission of Leadership Douglas is to identify, encourage and develop leadership abilities so that its participants grow both personally and professionally.

Leadership Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. It selects diverse and qualified individuals to provide a structured program that enhances leadership skills and community involvement for the betterment of all citizens, businesses, organizations and governments in Douglas County.

Through presentations, discussions and work sessions, the program seeks to inspire those who are willing to get involved. Participants are given the opportunity to meet and interact with current community and business leaders throughout the program.

Participants in Leadership Douglas benefit from getting to know one another and from the exchange of ideas and experiences. They gain knowledge and understanding on crucial issues facing our community, while also attaining leadership skills to make a difference.

In addition, they develop a network of relationships with other leaders of various backgrounds throughout Douglas County.

Participants in the class not only learn about leadership principles, but also about how these principles are used by our local and state officials in the conduct of business. The class members are exposed to these topics: Leadership, Government/Judicial, Economic Development, Social Services, Cultural Diversity, Education, Emergency Services, and Arts and Culture.

Only 25 students are selected each year to participate in this highly selective program. Applicants must complete a detailed application including skills, professional experience and community involvement. Class participants are a diverse cross section of individuals from business, public service, education and service organizations. Applications are available in January each year.

The time commitment for participants includes 10 full-day sessions from August -May, a graduation luncheon and several evening sessions. Attendance at all programs is mandatory. Cost for the 10 month course is $800 and includes the retreat, all sessions and materials, meals and transportation. It is important that applicants recognize that a serious commitment to make every class is required. In return, participants are guaranteed to leave Leadership Douglas better qualified to take an active role in our community.

Governing Principles:

Leadership Douglas has a longstanding tradition of success in our community and is used to identify current and potential leaders in Douglas County. Leadership Douglas, Inc. affirms that leadership is an honor and a challenge.

The following principles are binding values that govern procedures, policies and actions of Leadership Douglas:

  • We uphold integrity and high ethical values.
  • We uphold tolerance as we enhance the diversity of our community.
  • We adhere to exemplary business and professional conduct.
  • We believe in the constant pursuit of knowledge.
  • We encourage flexibility as we effect positive change.
  • We are motivated to ignite passion and high energy in others and ourselves.
  • We recognize the importance of business and community support.
  • We require a personal commitment from all involved.
  • We encourage a balanced lifestyle.
  • We foster life-long friendships.

For more information about Leadership Douglas or the Leadership Douglas Alumni Program, please contact Sara Ray, at 770-942-5022. Applications will be available online early January.

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