Tahoe Chamber Corner: Leadership Lake Tahoe returns
When was the last time you had the opportunity to get an insider’s look into our community? When was the last time you got to personally meet and ask questions of the leaders within our community’s industries? When was the last time you felt inspired and motived to get involved with our community?
Whether it’s touring the county jail or taking the Tahoe Thunder out for a spin, this is just a small peek into what a participant of Leadership Lake Tahoe might experience.
Since 2003, the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe Chamber) has been hosting the Leadership Lake Tahoe program, which takes place every other year. The program invites 25 local participants to take a deep dive into the most important topics in our community. Topics include: economy, government, public safety, education, health, tourism, media, nonprofits and environment.
Each topic is presented over the course of a day and includes expert panels in that particular field as well as behind-the-scene tours. Leadership presentations and a class project at the end of the program allow each participant to grow amongst their peers and feel a sense of accomplishment by the time they graduate from the 10-month program.
Lyndsay Bryant, a Tahoe Chamber board member and Leadership Task Force Chair, has been a participant and continues to reinvest her time in the program. She notes, “In my opinion, Leadership Lake Tahoe is one of the most important programs a resident of the South Shore can participate in. The knowledge, connections and pride in our community this program provides are priceless. It has truly helped to shape who I am and what I do here.”
The leadership program seeks out participants who have a strong desire to learn more about the community and get involved. Leadership Lake Tahoe has encouraged participants to find their voice or passion, to get involved in more meaningful ways and encourage others to do the same.
Bryant adds, “As a Task Force member for the past four years, it has been incredible to see participants utilizing the resources, skills and opportunities from Leadership Lake Tahoe to make an impact on their community whether it be running for City Council, joining commissions and boards, or advancing in their careers.”
Leadership Lake Tahoe is currently accepting applications now through Monday, June 12. To find out more information and apply, visit tahoechamber.org/leadership-lake-tahoe. The next Leadership Lake Tahoe program will begin in September 2017.
Natasha Schue is a Tahoe Chamber board member and Leadership Lake Tahoe Task Force member.
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