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Renowned Leadership Flathead Program in Kalispell Now Accepting Participant Applications

January 30, 2017View for printing

The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce's leadership development program, Leadership Flathead, is now accepting applications for the Class of 2018. Businesses and organizations interested in sending an individual through the program should find more information and complete the application process at ... thead-apply by May 1, 2017.

The program requires a two-year commitment from participants. The Class of 2018 will begin with an overnight development retreat in September 2017, followed by nine monthly skills-building sessions through June 2018. To supplement the training they receive during the first year participants are then expected to assume a new leadership role with a community organization or engage in a community-based project of their choosing during their second year of the program.

Leadership Flathead is intricately designed to develop tangible leadership skills, increase awareness of significant local issues, and build a tightly knit network of community leaders all while strengthening the ability of current and emerging leaders to spearhead positive change in the Flathead Valley.

Throughout the course of the program a variety of custom designed sessions from community and industry leaders focus on topics such as education and workforce training, public safety, culture and tourism, human services, and planning, growth and government. Additionally, a skills building theme is integrated into each of the sessions and include activities that reflect conflict resolution, strategic planning, organizational change, and collaboration.

Since its inception in 1990, Leadership Flathead has seen over 700 individuals from more than 200 local businesses complete the program, many of whom are now engaged in the community through elected offices, on government committees and boards, as heads of local non-profit organizations, or as stronger leaders in the organizations with which they work.

For more information on Leadership Flathead, contact the Program Manager, Diane Morton Stout, at or (406) 758-2810.
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