Leadership Cherokee

 

Leadership Cherokee Class of 2020

Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2020 include: Front Row (l to r): Alexandra Morris, Cherokee County Clerk of Courts; Rosemary Mburu, Elavon; Rachel Geoghagan, Northside Hospital Cherokee; Paige Reid, Next Step Ministries; Amanda Rostin, Lead Edge Design Group, Inc. Second Row (l to r): Angie King, Killian Automotive; Holli White, Northside Hospital Cherokee; Mariela Perez, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services; Lisa Grisham, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Sherry Lowe-Cooke, COACHNWORKS, LLC; Michael Cicero, Taylor English Duma LLP; Frankie Sanders, Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency; Stacy Sabaka, Goshen Homes. Back Row (l to r): Jodi Drinkard, WLJA – 101.1 FM/Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine; Lindsay Bowley, Cherokee County School District; Bobby DeCoux, WellStar Health System; Jay Hutchins, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital; Courtney Putnam, Center for Relational Care; Alexander Bryant, Liberty Mutual Insurance; Thomas Pinyan, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Walter Jones, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Dean Floyd, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services.

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP CHEROKEE?

As strong leadership is a prime ingredient in the continuing development of any community, the Chamber’s Leadership Cherokee program educates existing and emerging leaders. If Cherokee County is to achieve its potential, people must be aware of the social, economic, educational and governmental needs of the community.  Participants profit from getting to know each other and from the formal and informal exchange of ideas and experiences. They gain knowledge from the overall program on many subjects, thus preparing them for a more active leadership role in the community.

Over the nine-month long program, Leadership Cherokee participants are required to attend an orientation, a retreat, eight class sessions and a graduation ceremony.  Commitment to 100% attendance is required of each participant. Concluding its 30th year, Leadership Cherokee boasts 600 Alumni.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Leadership Cherokee desires to select a diversified group in terms of race, sex, and occupation. Individuals represent areas such as business, social services, government, cultural, and educational organizations. Class members must live and/or work in Cherokee County as of the time they submit their application.

HOW IS ONE ACCEPTED INTO LEADERSHIP CHEROKEE?

An individual may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a firm, an organization, or individual. Following the nomination period, August 1 – October 1, nominees will be asked to complete a detailed application to be submitted to the Chamber office by a specified date. Based upon the number of applications received, the Chamber will determine the number of candidates who will receive an interview. Interviews will be conducted by a panel of Chamber volunteers and Leadership Cherokee Alumni who will select the incoming class.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PARTICIPANTS?

Over the nine-month long program, Leadership Cherokee participants are required to attend an orientation, a retreat, eight class sessions and Graduation. Commitment to 100% attendance is required of each participant.

WHAT IS THE COST OF LEADERSHIP CHEROKEE?

Tuition for each participant is $750 for Chamber members or $950 for non-Chamber members. Participants are responsible for paying his/her own tuition or making arrangements for payment by his/her employer and/or a sponsoring organization. The fee will be due the first week in January and covers meals, lodging, honorariums for speakers, a graduation event, and miscellaneous administrative costs.

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