It’s Your Turn to Stand Out from the Crowd
Leadership Shenandoah County inspires, develops, engages and connects diverse leaders to one another, across sectors and experience. The Leadership program increases leaders' knowledge and perspectives on key local and regional issues, and provides an environment for challenging and strategic conversations.
Leadership Shenandoah County participants have included senior level executives, nonprofit executives and staff, entrepreneurs, local government employees, community and education leaders, farmers, young professionals and more.
Leadership Shenandoah County is an eight-month program with the objective to develop the skills of participants so they will be able to provide the leadership necessary to recognize and address business and community needs. Participants will gain an understanding of the complex issues facing Shenandoah County through educational programs, exposure to community leaders and the structures within which they operate, and through discussions and examination of current issues facing the County. Topics include Leadership, Agriculture/Tourism, Local Government, Education, Public Safety, Health Care and Human Services, Economic Development and Business/Industry. Sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields.
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To develop and foster leadership potential in the community to ensure citizen involvement, community prosperity, and overall community success in Shenandoah County.
To develop the skills of participants so they will be able to provide the leadership necessary to address community needs.
To enhance an understanding of the complex issues facing Shenandoah County through educational programs, exposure to community leaders and the structures they operate within, and through discussions on current issues facing the County.
This is an eight-month program from April through November. Sessions will be held once a month during this timeframe on a Friday and will generally run 8:00-4:30. Lunch and a light breakfast are provided for each session. Topics include Leadership, Agriculture/Tourism, Local Government, Education, Public Safety, Health Care, Business/Industry, Non-Profit/Media, and the final session involves group presentations from the cohort. Sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields.
Board of Directors:
Consists of selected business leaders invited by the Chairperson to have oversight of the program and select the Leadership Shenandoah County participants. Each Director would coordinate and facilitate their respective Session.
The Board consists of the LSC Chairperson Tammy Gasper, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital/Valley Health; Chamber President, Sharon Baroncelli; County Administrator, Evan Vass; SCPS Superintendent Melody Sheppard; and representatives from Industry/Business- Greg Hoover with First Bank; and NonProfit- Rebekah Schennum with Northwestern Community Services Board.
2022 COURSE OUTLINE
Days typically begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.
Attendance is mandatory
April 8, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Orientation Session and Retreat, Location: TBD
April 22, 2022
Local Government – An overview of the structure and function of our local government along with discussion of government’s role in addressing local challenges. This class requires independent attendance at a county government meeting prior to the session.
May 20, 2022
Health Care and Human Needs–An overview of medical care in Shenandoah County including tours of SMH, Dept. of Social Services, clinics, and special care facilities. Discussions will focus on the current health care and human needs issues facing our community.
June 10, 2022
Agriculture & Tourism-Discover agricultural resources as they affect Shenandoah County. Accomplished by involvement in touring various farms, facilities and venues relating to agricultural and tourism activities.
July 8, 2022
Non-Profit – We discover Shenandoah County’s non-profits and learn the role these entities serve in commerce and our quality of life
August 12, 2022
Public Safety – A look at our fire service and law enforcement agencies and how they interact. Includes tours of the RSW Regional Jail, Sheriff’s Department, and County Courthouse.
September 9, 2022
Business/Industry – A look at the diversity of the local business economy including a statistical overview of the county in the Northern end of the County. Includes tours of several area businesses and industries.
October 14, 2022
Business/Industry – A look at the diversity of the local business economy including a statistical overview of the county in the Southern end of the County. Includes tours of several area businesses and industries.
November 11, 2022
Education –A look at the structure and operation of our public and private educational systems. Includes discussion and interaction relating to education’s role in our economic prosperity. This class requires independent attendance at a Shenandoah County School Board meeting prior to the session.
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Location: TBD
Graduation – A special event honoring those who have completed the Leadership Shenandoah County Program, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Daily
Download 2022 LSC Application Here
Deadline To Apply: Tuesday, March 1, 2022