the Joliet region has enjoyed the benefits of strong voluntary
leadership since it's founding in 1852. As the region continues
to experience commercial and residential growth, there is a
continuing need to develop an expanding foundation of leadership.
Our future demands the development of skilled, committed leaders
who understand the region's strengths and needs.
Patterned after community leadership programs
across the country, the Joliet Region Chamber's Community
Leadership School will celebrate its 39th year in 2016. Each year, the
program has grown and changed, seeking to stay abreast on
the latest issues, trends and challenges facing our region.
Enrollment in the Community Leadership School is open to individuals
from all organizations and professions. The main criterion
is a willingness to become involved in community leadership. The maximum class size is 40 participants. Seats fill quickly so do not delay!
Organizations are encouraged to sponsor promising
young executives, new managers and other individuals who want
to make the Joliet area a better place to live. Participants
gain a broad understanding of the concerns and activities
of governmental bodies, agencies and organizations serving
The sessions for the 2016 Community Leadership School will
be held every Thursday from September 1st through November 10th. A continental breakfast is served
at each session. During this intensive 11-week period, students
will hear from and interact with a panel of guest speakers
from area businesses, government, education, labor and community
-based organizations to discuss a variety of current events.
Students will be required to participate in
an in-depth, team research project. The research project will
require additional out of class time and participation. Presentation
of group projects will be made after during the final class
The first session will meet Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Subsequent sessions meet every Thursday.
The project presentations and graduation banquet will be held on the final day.
All sessions begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and
conclude at 9:30 a.m.
Sessions will meet at various locations throughout
Joliet. This will provide an additional opportunity to become
familiar with Joliet's business community. Locations will
be announced in the confirmation packet provided to all enrollees.
2016 CLS Application
Application deadline is August 19, 2016
Please contact Trish Blacklock at the Chamber
(815) 727-5371 with any questions.