VISALIA – In the Central Valley, where attracting quality people from outside of the area is a constant battle, where will Visalia find the leaders of tomorrow? They’re already here, they just need to build on their knowledge of the area by developing the skills to be a leader through organizations like the Visalia Chamber of Commerce.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Leadership Visalia class, the Central Valley’s premier leadership development course since 1986. Leadership Visalia is a flagship program of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, focused on developing effective leaders by refining their leadership styles, making connections with leaders in the community, and discovering opportunities for community engagement and involvement.
Leadership Visalia is a 9-month professional development program designed to help current and developing leaders in business and community organizations expand their leadership skills, community knowledge, and professional networks. Class members explore topics including leadership styles, state and local politics, quality of life, education, water, and regional planning. To date, more than 450 graduates have completed the intense program and realized their true leadership abilities and talent. Leadership Visalia alumni have utilized their skills in the local business arena, run for elected office, joined local non-profit boards of directors, participated in community commissions, committees and more.
“Leadership Visalia participants can expect to gain leadership skills, knowledge of the local community, as well as self-esteem that will enhance their effectiveness both personally and professionally. As business success becomes more elusive, these are the skills and experiences businesses need in their current and future leaders,” noted Gail Zurek, president/CEO of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. Applications for the 2019-2020 Leadership Visalia program are due by July 31, 2019. For more information, or to obtain an application visit www.visaliachamber.org/leadership, or contact Dante Rosh, [email protected]