Palm Coast, FL – The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for Leadership Flagler, a program that nurtures and engages the leadership skills of potential and current community leaders. Now in its 25th year, the three-month program provides insight about Flagler County’s operations, attributes, issues and opportunities, while inspiring participants to take active roles as stewards of and advocates for positive change within the community.
Twenty candidates representing Flagler County’s diverse professional community are selected each year to participate. An alumni council of Leadership Flagler graduates oversees the program, selects participants and develops curriculum. Starting in February, classes meet Wednesday mornings from 8:15AM until noon with sessions covering government, health and human services, art and culture, education, agriculture and growth management. Class members are expected to comply with the program’s attendance policy, and to complete a group community service project prior to graduation. Past Leadership Flagler Classes have supported literacy programs like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Flagler County and Josh Crews Writing Project, Old Kings Elementary Marine Science Flagship as well as Youth Leadership Flagler, a program created by Leadership Flagler 20 now in its fourth year of inspiring future leaders at the high school level.
The cost to participate is $385 for current Chamber members and $535 for non-members.
This is a one-time-a-year opportunity for aspiring leaders! Here’s what Leadership Flagler graduate Joseph Barnes, Marketing Manager for Yellowstone Landscape, had to say about the program:
“Before Leadership Flagler, I’d been working in Flagler County for a few years and attended several Chamber events, but I didn’t feel like I had any real, deep connection to the community. I didn’t know a lot about other businesses and industries in the county, or how our local governments functioned.
After Leadership Flagler, my perspective has completely changed. I was fortunate to be in LF24 with a group of smart, creative business professionals from a wide array of businesses. From our very first meeting and team-building event, I felt like I was among friends. Through the program’s learning and service activities, I came to realize that Flagler County is a very special place to work and live.
I’m proud to be a Leadership Flagler alumni and will always be grateful for my time with my classmates from LF24.”
Simply complete the application for Leadership Flagler 25 and return it to the Chamber before the deadline, now extended to Wednesday January 31. For more information, call Heather Edwards at 386-437-0106.
Leadership Flagler is one of nearly 700 programs nationwide devoted to shaping high-profile community leaders. Since its start in 1993, Leadership Flagler has graduated more than 250 professionals.
With more than 735 members, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is the largest member-based organization in Flagler County. The Chamber has served and supported its community since 1962 with a mission of engaging, promoting and sustaining a thriving business climate in Flagler County. For more information, call 386.437.0106, or visit www.flaglerchamber.org.