Leadership Douglas County
The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce produces this long running educational program.
What is Leadership Douglas County (LDC)? Leadership Douglas County is a community leadership program designed to develop informed, involved, and knowledgeable community members for Douglas County. The program will create community leaders from all walks of life by focusing on our community’s leadership needs, history, values, members, strengths, and issues. Leadership Douglas County is an opportunity to participate in the creation of a vision for the future.
Who are the Participants? LDC participants will be community members from all segments of our county. Participants will learn about their community, and develop friendships and lines of communication with other community members. The program is designed to aid the class members in developing a sense of ownership, trustworthiness, responsibility and a commitment to the common good. The first class graduated in 1996. Since that time, this successful program has developed a noteworthy roster of more than 240 graduates. You will see familiar names of graduates currently holding public and private positions as well as those serving in various volunteer capacities countywide.
What is the Commitment? Your commitment as a program participant is to attend all the sessions of the eleven-month program. LDC begins in January and ends in November. Sessions are held the third Tuesday of each month from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Candidates will complete nine experiential homework assignments (seven from a selected list and two mandatory) to assist in developing an understanding of responsibilities, opportunities and roles for future community involvement. Finally, candidates will work together to complete a Community Project during the eleven month program.
What to Expect: Sessions are conducted by experienced community leaders emphasizing leadership skills. In all, nine days examine the diverse and dynamic components of Douglas County, and there is one orientation and one summation/graduation day.
What is the Cost? The program cost is $ 700 per participant for Chamber members and $ 800 for non-Chamber members, which includes tuition, materials, meals, and transportation. A $150 deposit must accompany the application. Accommodations can be made for a payment plan. Candidates can seek out sponsors as well.
The future of Douglas County will be in the hands of the leaders who graduate from this program. The 2013 application form is available for downloading below. We hope you decide to participate!