Chamber: Are you up for the Watauga Leadership Challenge?

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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 21, 2013
Chamber: Are you up for the Watauga Leadership Challenge?


The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2014 Watauga Leadership Challenge.

According to the chamber, this program provides a comprehensive overview of the community and introduces participants to leaders in the fields of government, education, health care and business and industry.

Larry Byerly of Johnson Price Sprinkle said, “Participants gain a realistic understanding of how our community works. They learn from the movers and shakers — the people who have a vision for the future.”

Jonathan Allen of Allen Wealth Management said, “The program benefits the community, as well, because Watauga Leadership identifies potential leaders and gives them the encouragement needed to spur them on to local action and involvement.”

JPS and Allen Wealth Management believe in the Watauga Leadership Challenge so strongly, chamber president and CEO Dan Meyer said, that they have committed to be the signature sponsors of the upcoming leadership development program.

“Because of the intensity of the program, Watauga Leadership participants and their employers are asked to make a major time commitment,” Meyer said. “We begin with a two-day retreat in January, designed to build a sense of teamwork among the participants. It also sets the stage for the program’s seven full-day sessions scheduled monthly until graduation in August 2014.”

Topics include: Tourism & Cultural Resources, Economy & Leadership, Environment & Sustainability, Education, Government & Public Safety, Health Care & Human Services and Lessons in Leadership.
The 2014 class is limited to 24 participants, with preference given to Watauga County residents. Tuition is $595, which includes all program materials, lunches, refreshments and graduation celebration.

For more information or to receive an application for enrollment, contact the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at (828) 264-2225. The deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2014.

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