Emerging community leaders of Oxford and Lafayette County once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual Leadership Lafayette program presented by the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
The eight-month program, beginning in January 2014, is a series of training sessions and activities, designed for emerging community leaders. It is intended to assure the continuity of leadership in Lafayette-Oxford-University community and assist already established community leaders, who seek more effective ways to contribute to the community. In addition to the sessions, class members will also participate in a community based project.
“Leadership Lafayette is a great opportunity for community leaders to engage in their community through networking, education and group projects. Each session is coordinated by alumni of the program who put considerable thought into making each year the best it can be,” said Torie Marion, Leadership Lafayette Program Chair.
The objectives of the program include identifying potential community leaders, developing individual leadership potential, acquiring knowledge about community and current issues in Lafayette County, creating dialogue and rapport among participants and current leaders, and promoting a sense of “community” through shared efforts benefiting the local community.
Each month will involve an all day session between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. These sessions are packed with information about Oxford and Lafayette County and the needs of the community. Participants will acquire knowledge about current issues that surround them, as well as focused leadership training.
Leadership Lafayette participants will be selected by a steering committee on the basis of completed applications received by Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Preference will be given to candidates who, addition to their potential for leadership, would contribute to the overall diversity and strength of the class and have available time to commit to the program and future community service. Program participation is limited to 25. The program requires a tuition fee of $300 upon acceptance.
Leadership Lafayette is a program of the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by Chaney’s Pharmacy, Charter Road Hospitality Group, and Holli’s Sweet Tooth.
The 2014 Leadership Lafayette Steering Committee includes: Torie Marion, Leadership Lafayette Chair, Justice Network of Mississippi; Wayne Andrews, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council; Sierra Cannon, Re/Max Legacy Realty; Kenny Ferris, Visit Oxford; Ashley Frye, Holiday Inn Express; Kelly Graeber, Oxford School District; Denson Hollis, The University of Mississippi Foundation; Gwen Knight, FNC, Inc.; Dawn Lipscomb, Baptist Memorial Hospital-NM; Robert Mason, FNC Inc.; Kristi Peeples, Renasant Bank; Susan Peterson, The University of Mississippi; Megan Prescott, City of Oxford Police Department; Kimberly Taylor, FNC, Inc.; Ryan Upshaw, The University of Mississippi; Pat Ward, The Orchard CHurch; and Whitney Webb, The University of Mississippi. All steering committee members are past graduates of the Leadership Lafayette program. Pam Swain, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, serves as the Program Administrator.
Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to go to the Chamber’s website and view the application at www.oxfordms.com or call Pam Swain at the Chamber at 662-234-4651.
Questions? Call the Chamber at 662-234-4651, or click here to email Pam Swain.
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