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Applications Close May 1st for Kalispell Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Development Program

April 24, 2017View for printing

Applications for the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce's leadership development program, Leadership Flathead, are due to by 5:00pm on May 1st.

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.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in July and will begin the program's two-year commitment with an overnight development retreat in September, followed by nine monthly skills-building sessions through June 2018.

To supplement the training received during the first year of the program, participants will assume a new leadership role with a community organization or engage in a community-based project of their choosing during the second year of the program.

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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