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June 8, 2018
Staff Reports

If you’ve lived in Abilene a year or more it’s likely you’ve heard Leadership Abilene mentioned once or twice.

This highly sought-after and respected Chamber program accepts up to 36 participants each year from a wide cross-section of Abilenians. After almost 40 years, Leadership Abilene Alumni can be found serving on boards, leading companies and creating new opportunities.

You are probably even friends with a number of Leadership Abilene Alums. Leadership Abilene Alumni, in fact, are who run the program. From the individual day committees, right up to the Class Chair (it’s newly retired Fire Chief Larry Bell this year!), every facet of this program is coordinated by passionate people who want to continue to build upon their own Leadership Abilene experiences.

Leadership Abilene exists to:

  • Identify and motivate potential leaders

  • Acquaint them with community needs

  • Provide insight into techniques, opportunities, and challenges of leadership

  • Explore alternate perspectives for community challenges

  • Encourage new leaders to community involvement

Leadership Abilene strives to expose participants to the many services, resources, organizations and businesses that make Abilene unique. Each month (of the nine-month program) the class will attend presentations, tour facilities and interact with representatives from local businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and public offices. The themed days include: Economic Development, Education, Servant Leadership, City/County Government, State Government, Healthcare, and Dyess Air Force Base. Participants will also attend Leadercast, as part of the Leadership Abilene experience.

Who should apply? Anyone 21 and older who is interested in expanding your network and gaining deeper insight and access to all that Abilene has to offer.

​What is the time commitment? This program runs one full day, monthly, September through May. Usually on a Thursday or a Friday. An overnight orientation, attendance at seven out of the nine program days, and completion of a class service project are required to graduate from the program.

What’s included in the cost? Your class participation fee includes: class shirt, all meals, all transportation, overnight

Does this sound exactly like what you’ve been looking for? Or would you like to send one of your employees? Applications for #LA2019 are open NOW through June 30. Just three weeks left!  Apply today to be a part of the next “best class ever.”