Leadership & Networking
To create awareness and encourage meaningful participation within the business community as well as providing networking opportunities for professionals at all levels that will ultimately equip them with effective leadership resources.
Leadership development is one of the three major areas of focus for the One Vision Leadership Committee. The committee oversees the Chamber’s leadership programs, hosts an Annual Meeting, during which they reflect on chamber programs and milestones that occurred during the year and recognize outgoing board members, the incoming chairman and board members, and conduct political training seminars. Other honors given during the meeting include the Miss Athelyne C. Banks Citizen of the Year award and the “Rosie Hennessey” award for Commodore of the Year.
Excellence in Leadership Decatur-Morgan County
The Excellence in Leadership program is the flagship program of the Chamber’s Leadership series. The program was designed to identify, orient, develop and network existing and emerging leaders with the goal of enhancing positive growth in the area business community. To download an application for the 2016-2017 program year, click here.
Edge Student Leadership
Aimed at high school students, the Edge Student Leadership program is open to local students. The program was created to expose the students to leadership opportunities in a creative and challenging manner, providing the students with the tools necessary to develop individual leadership skills. The program also encourages students to be a positive influence in their schools and to serve in the community.
Equip Student Leadership
Equip is a leadership program for 8th grade students from across Morgan County. The program was created to expose students to leadership training and career development. The students will be exposed to career and training opportunities that require less than a four-year degree.
Young Professionals (YP)
The Chamber's Young Professionals (YP) initiative provides bi-monthly networking opportunities for professionals under 40 to connect with their peers in a relaxed, social environment. The goal of the program is to encourage engagement of young people in our community to build their careers and connectivity to Decatur and Morgan County.
Young Professionals Leadership Luncheons
The Chamber's Young Professionals Leadership Luncheons are quarterly one-hour lunch programs that provide professionals under 40 a mid-day opportunity to connect and network, while providing a program focused on topic relative to professionals early in their careers. Subject like leadership development, community engagement, career growth and philanthropy are covered with the hope of the audience being able to implement lessons learned in their own careers and workplaces.
Participation in leadership programs is open to all members and member businesses employees. Chamber members who have participated in years past are invited to share their leadership experience as volunteers during the leadership sessions. Restaurant owners are also invited to sponsor a leadership session, providing lunch for program attendees. If you are interested in participating in a program, speaking at or sponsoring one of the leadership sessions, contact Louise Brown at (256) 353-5312.