Leadership Lexington is accepting applications for 2015-16 class

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — Commerce Lexington is accepting applicants for its exclusive Leadership Lexington class. Since 1979, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Leadership Lexington program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing over 1,300 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program. Graduates of the program have impacted our city in areas such as public art, childhood literacy, healthy living, support for families impacted by cancer, financial literacy and more.

Commerce Lexington logoThe program gives participants the opportunity to better understand our city and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership Lexington is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues.

Classes meet in different locations around the area each month with a major program topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Sessions include topics, such as media, government, education, public safety, economic development, arts, equine, diversity health and human services, and leadership development.

As part of the program, class members participate in community projects where they practice and apply leadership skills in a small-group experience, work with community leaders, gain an in-depth understanding of a community organization and/or community need, and make a positive difference in the lives of others.  Project work is done outside of regular day session meetings.

Current class projects include:
Bridging the Gap – An initiative to address the area’s skills gap; Own It – Community beautification project targeting vacant properties and properties with repeated code violations in need of repair; Shadowing for Success – Providing information and education to high school students about what it takes to work in a variety of different jobs; Nourish Your Neighborhood – Community hunger relief initiative, partnering with local restaurants to allow patrons to donate, turning money into meals in the form of gift cards to family resource centers and neighborhood schools.

How to apply:
Applications for this 11-month long program are available now, with completed applications to be submitted by Friday, May 15, 2015. Residents and individuals who work in the Lexington area are eligible to apply for Leadership Lexington. Applicants must be employed by firms that are active members of Commerce Lexington. Applications and more information can be found at www.leadershiplexington.com or by contacting Amy Carrington Stallard, program director, at (859) 226-1610 or [email protected]

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