To develop and foster leadership potential in the community to ensure citizen involvement, community prosperity, and overall community success in Shenandoah County.
To develop the skills of participants so they will be able to provide the leadership necessary to address community needs.
To enhance an understanding of the complex issues facing Shenandoah County through educational programs, exposure to community leaders and the structures they operate within, and through discussions on current issues facing the County.
This is a nine-month program from September through May. Sessions will be held once a month during this timeframe on a Friday and will generally run 8:00-3:30. Lunch and a light breakfast are provided for each session. Topics include Leadership, Agriculture/Tourism, Local Government, Education, Public Safety, Health Care, Business/Industry, Non-Profit/Media, and the final session involves group presentations from the cohort. Sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields.
Tuition must be paid up front by either the participant or employer (participants or their employer’s must be a current Chamber member). Limited scholarships may be available and are awarded based on need. The tuition for the 2017-18 program is $250.
An application form must be completed by all participants. The maximum number of participants will be determined by the Chamber each year. Applications are due Friday, July 14 by 3:00 pm.
Board of Directors:
Consists of selected business leaders invited by the Chairperson to select the Leadership Shenandoah County participants. Each Director would coordinate and facilitate their respective Session.
The Board consists of the Chamber President Elect, Chris Boies; County Administrator, Mary Beth Price; SCPS Superintendent Dr Mark A. Johnston; Chamber Executive Director, Sharon Baroncelli; and representatives from Industry/Business- Greg Hoover with First Bank; NonProfit- Sheila Orndorff with Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter; Healthcare- Niki Wilson with Valley Health; and Media-Mike Gochenour with the Northern Virginia Daily.
2017-2018 COURSE OUTLINE
Days typically begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
Attendance is mandatory
May 12 – July 14, 2017
Leadership Shenandoah County Applications available below and at the SC Chamber office. Applications are due to the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce office, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org by COB July 14, 2017.
August 15, 2017
Leadership Shenandoah County participants announced
September 8, 2017
Orientation Session and Retreat.
September 22, 2017
Agriculture & Tourism-Discover agricultural resources as they affect Shenandoah County. Accomplished by involvement in touring various farms, facilities and venues relating to agricultural and tourism activites.
October 13, 2017
Local & State Government – An overview of the structure and function of our local government along with discussion of government’s role in addressing local challenges. This class requires independent attendance at a county government meeting prior to the session.
November 10, 2017
Education –A look at the structure and operation of our public and private educational systems. Includes discussion and interaction relating to education’s role in our economic prosperity. This class requires independent attendance at a Shenandoah County School Board meeting prior to the session.
December 8, 2017
Public Safety – A look at our law enforcement agencies and how they interact. Includes tours of the RSW Regional Jail and County Courthouse.
January 12, 2018
Health Care and Human Needs–An overview of medical care in Shenandoah County including tours of SMH, Dept. of Social Services, clinics and special care facilities. Discussions will focus on the current health care and human needs issues facing our community.
February 9, 2018
Business/Industry – A look at the diversity of the local business economy including a statistical overview of the county. Includes tours of several area businesses and industries.
March 9, 2018
Communication and our Non-Profit Community – Half of this session looks at the communications media located in the area and we discover Shenandoah County’s non-profits in the second half. We will learn the role they play in commerce and our quality of life.
April 13, 2018
Graduation – A special event honoring those who have completed the Leadership Shenandoah County Program.