Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce | Norwich, CT 06360
LEAD Program Leadership Exploration & Development Program
GNACC’s Community Leadership Program helps develop knowledgeable, committed, and action-oriented leaders. Participants from diverse backgrounds and different perspectives will enhance their existing leadership skills and gain a better understanding of themselves and their role in the community.
The program is designed to:
Identify emerging and existing leaders
Enhance leadership competencies
Foster commitment for leadership roles
Demonstrate how strong leadership can enhance your business and support our community in reaching its goals
Strengthened leadership abilities
Access to a network of diverse colleagues
Exposure to a variety of regional leaders
An understanding of the realities, opportunities, and challenges of our region
An opportunity to become involved with, and bring about positive change in, our communities
Our first session is scheduled for March 13, 2018. Classes meet monthly (2nd Tuesday of each month) starting in March with a summer break in August. Graduation will be in February 2019. Class size is limited so don’t delay! Participant Cost: $650.00*. Ask about CC Benefit Discount. For Additional Details, please contact GNACC: Angelaadams@norwichchamber.com or via phone at (860) 887-1647.
Applications for 2019 classes TBA soon.
"The lead program delivers! The program immerses it's participants into the local business environment while also emphasizing the importance of community involvement. The quality of the information passed on by the speakers cannot be underestimated. Their career paths are inspirational, and their knowledge of their industries and commitment to their local communities are aspiring. The lead program is a great opportunity for anyone seeking to take the next step in their careers and community." As a participant in the lead program, I have grown both personally and professionally. I hope to share the knowledge that I have gained with my coworkers, family, and friends because leadership goes beyond the regular work hours. I'm grateful to have been part of such an invaluable program." Heather Terluk, Norwich Public Utilities
"Attending the Community Leadership Workshop through the The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce has been an experience and a eye-opener. I have been an employee with the City of Norwich for over seventeen years. I have been to just about every place and every business we have had our classes. I have never experienced any of these places the way I have while being involved with GNACC forum. I have gained a better appreciation for the businesses, organizations, and people I have met during this journey. The experience would be invaluable to anyone who is involved with the City of Norwich and the connections made could only enhance the growth of our city. Thank you for the experience!" Michael, Norwich Police Dept
"I’ve worked in the Norwich area for many years and had little knowledge of the true nature of some of the businesses and organizations serving this area. The LEAD program has given me an opportunity to meet various local leaders and business owners and learn about their businesses in a fun and interactive way that many people will never get an opportunity to experience. The commitment these individuals have to improving the needs of the greater Norwich area community, and helping to develop future leaders is inspiring. Participants are given the opportunity to work with other professionals from a diverse range of industries who are looking to enhance their leadership skills and broaden their networking opportunities. The guest speaker sessions are fun and thought provoking, and I always leave having learned something new. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to participate in this program and would encourage anyone thinking about attending this program to do so, you won’t be disappointed!" Sarah Dion, Chelsea Groton Bank, 2018 LEAD
"So far, my time spent in the Leadership Program has been a very rewarding experience. I have met a lot of knowledgeable people who are passionate about their business and helping others to succeed. The whole experience has been so positive. If you have the opportunity to join LEAD, I highly recommend it!" Lori Torres, Eastern Savings Bank.
"LEAD brings up in coming leaders in business together to develop skills that are critical to career development. The program is hosted by seasoned business leaders that are ingrained in the community at all different levels and have a full commitment to growing the potential in future business leaders. LEAD is a door-opening opportunity to really get grounded with other local business that support the Greater Norwich Area. Not only does LEAD provide insight into what business are involved in supporting community development but it lends way to future sustainability." Eric Reale, US Foods
"Although I’ve worked in Norwich for the past decade, I was shocked to find out how unaware I was of all that’s happening throughout the city. Through classroom time, interactive facility tours, and group collaboration work I was able to get a much richer appreciation for all this city has to offer for its residents and those wishing to network, learn, and even advance their careers. Working with and listening to other area employees who were also considering or currently in leadership and management roles helped me to see that the path doesn’t always have to be direct and everyone’s story is unique. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to learn more about the community around them and those looking to progress in their careers and are wondering where to start." Katie Moors, NPU
"My name is Jamie Goulas and I am a Mortgage Loan Originator at Chelsea Groton Bank. I was involved with the GNACC LEAD program in 2017. I feel very fortunate to have been asked to participate in this leadership course. I learned so much in this program. Every monthly session was conducted at a different business location and that enabled us to be given a very in depth sense how those businesses were run and who made them successful. The program allowed us to learn things about each business that we would have never known without this experience. The leadership program not only brought us out into our community but the program thought us about our own, individual leadership style and how to use that when dealing with other people in our business and personal lives. If you are given the opportunity to participate, I highly suggest you take it. You will not regret it." Jamie Goulas, Chelsea Groton Bank
"The exposure to the business world that I received in the LEAD program has been invaluable. It was an unknown opportunity to see all that the City of Norwich and surrounding local communities have to offer. The LEAD program gives you the ability to refine your leadership skills, but also teaches you how to interact others learn based on their behavioral and motivational drivers. The networking opportunities you receive form this class are great for career development and advancement. The ability to see and meet local leaders and business owners, hear their stories and how they achieved their goals will help you on your personal path to success." Shawn Rector, Collins & Jewell Company
"The Chamber leadership class is a great way to be introduced to fellow members of community who work in different industries. You get to develop great relationships and learn how to become a great leader. Hearing from different guest speakers and their “stories” really inspire me to believe that you don’t have to be anyone in particular you just have to “Want” it. I was honored to be given this opportunity to be part of the 2016 leadership class." Erin Tirrell, Dime Bank
"The lead program delivers! The program immerses it's participants into the local business environment while also emphasizing the importance of community involvement. The quality of the information passed on by the speakers cannot be underestimated. Their career paths are inspirational, and their knowledge of their industries and commitment to their local communities are aspiring. The lead program is a great opportunity for anyone seeking to take the next step in their careers and community. As a participant in the lead program, I have grown both personally and professionally. I hope to share the knowledge that I have gained with my coworkers, family, and friends because leadership goes beyond the regular work hours. I'm grateful to have been part of such an invaluable program." Heather Turluk, NPU
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