Leadership Emporia

Picture for LE Class - June 2015

The Emporia Chamber has partnered with the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) to create stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities. To grow our communities, we must mobilize others to inspire a collective purpose for the common good. We know it is risky and challenging work. The mission of the KLC is to foster civic leadership for healthier Kansas communities, and their core objectives are to inspire, educate and connect communities.

Leadership Emporia IS: 1) Learning skills and techniques to work with others, across factions, to create an environment for the better. 2) A program to engage the unusual voices that are often not heard. 3) About being challenged to ask and answer tough questions about ourselves and our communities. 4) Learning through powerful experiences that provide conceptual frameworks, skills, tools, and ways of being consistent with a more purposeful and collaborative leadership approach.

Leadership Emporia IS NOT: 1) Networking, although you will make great connections that will benefit you for years to come. 2) Learning about Emporia, although you will learn about the community. 3) The program it was when it started 28 years ago.

Leadership Emporia begins with a two-day opening retreat followed by five sessions. During these sessions participants will explore the KLC Leadership Competencies of Diagnosing the Situation; Energizing Others; Managing Self; and Intervening Skillfully. Participants must attend all sessions in order to complete the program.

Application Instructions & Process
Information must be confined to the application.
All answers must be typed or handwritten legibly,
You may apply online at www.emporiakschamber.org
Applications are subject to confidential evaluations, and class size is limited. If you are not selected to be a part of this year’s class, we encourage you to reapply next year. Applications are not held over for the next year.
Application Deadline – Your application must be signed and received by 5 p.m., August 11, 2017, at the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, 719 Commercial, Emporia, KS 66801
Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance within two weeks of the deadline.

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, please contact me at the Chamber office.

Sincerely,

Jeanine McKenna
President & CEO

Schedule

Opening Retreat………………………………….Thursday, September 21 & Friday, September 22 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Session One………………………………………..Thursday, October 5
Session Two………………………………………..Thursday, October 19
Session Three……………………………………..Thursday, November 2
Session Four……………………………………… Thursday, November 16
Session Five………………………………………..Thursday, November 30
Celebration Luncheon………………………….Friday, December 8, 11:45 a.m.

You are required to attend the Opening Retreat, all program sessions, and the Celebration Luncheon. The sessions run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuition

If accepted into the Leadership Emporia program, you and your company/organization will be responsible for the tuition fee of $350, which covers all costs including materials, meals, and refreshments associated with the sessions. The fee is due prior to the first session. Please do not send payment with your application. You will be invoiced upon acceptance into the program. 

A limited amount of scholarship funds are available. The Selection Committee will attempt to award these scholarships based on need. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact the Chamber of Commerce for a scholarship application. Late requests for scholarship funds will be denied.

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