TAHOE/TRUCKEE - The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program, celebrating its 10th year anniversary, is now accepting applications for the 2013 program. This program creates an opportunity for potential leaders to broaden their understanding of the region and its issues, challenges and opportunities, while developing and honing their leadership skills. Since 2004, the program has graduated more than 200 individuals.
These alumni are now challenging themselves, serving their employers and our community in active community-building efforts.
The workshops are led by Shannon Beets, Executive Vice President/Provost at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Each workshop is integrated with one-half of the time spent on regional issues such as health and education, planning for the future, and nonprofit advocacy; and one-half on leadership skill development such as collaboration, team basics, and negotiation, which are taught by Sierra Nevada College faculty members.
"The organizers of this program have made a commitment to the future and the leadership that is needed to meet the ever increasing demands of our region," said Cheri Sprenger, coordinator of the program.
The program begins in January and ends with a May graduation and consists of five sessions, with optional days where participants will be "out in the field" getting a close-up view of issues and challenges facing our community and how various agencies work.
"The quality of leadership in any community is not to be taken for granted. New leaders must be trained, educated and informed," says Lynn Saunders, president/CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber.
As part of the five-month program, participants work on Action Plans designed to improve or enhance some aspect of local community life. These Action Plans are intended to provide the framework to allow for real-world changes in the community.
Through interviews, surveys, and research, the teams develop a program rationale (why is the program necessary), a set of measurable objectives, a needs assessment, a proposed budget, a timeline, suggestions for community collaborations and a promotional packet. The final projects will be presented on the last day of the program as part of the graduation ceremony.
"The action plans are modeled on the master's projects that our students produce as part of our M.Ed. in Leadership program at SNC," Beets said. "Producing the action plan prepares a team to implement a good idea in a short period of time with a realistic budget through the cooperation and support of the local community. These action plans are a roadmap to effective change."
Businesses can support the program, and show their commitment to the community by sending an employee to participate in the program.
"Businesses benefit from their involvement by developing well rounded and newly energized employees and ensuring a continuity of leaders eager and able to improve and sustain our region," says Sandy Evans-Hall, CEO/executive director of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association.
Businesses can also help support the program with a one day sponsorship for $500. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Tuition fee for the Leadership Program is $750; $500 for those affiliated with a non-profit organization; and covers all expenses of the program including meals and supplies. Partial scholarships are available. Deadline for applications is December 15th and space is limited.
Below is the 2013 Program Schedule:
• November-December 20 - Application Review and Participant Interviews
• January 24, 2013 - Day One, Sierra Nevada College
• February 28, 2013 - Day Two, town of Truckee
• March 28, 2013 - Day Three, Tahoe City PUD Board Room
• April 18, 2013 - Day Four, TBA
• May 23, 2013 - Final Day and Graduation, North Tahoe Event Center
• May 31, 2013 - 10th Year Anniversary Dinner, Sierra Nevada College (tentative date)
Four Sponsorships are available for Day 2, 3, 4 and 5. Sponsorships are $500 and include recognition in all press for the 2013 year, logo acknowledgment on program website, acknowledgment in class binder, 15 minute presentation to class and alumni during sponsored day, invitation to Graduation Celebration reception, and the rewards of supporting this valuable program for the Tahoe region.