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Chamber graduates another class of leaders

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[March 25, 2010]  On Friday, the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce will graduate its fourth Leadership Academy class. The 11-week program is designed to build leaders in the workplace and the community.

InsuranceThe four-hour class every Friday included civic topics and leadership components. Students learned about the Logan County communities, their history, government structures, educational opportunities, health care and housing resources, and community organizations. Leadership training included these topics: leadership for all situations, strategic planning, communications, effective meetings and change management.

Tom Akers, management consultant and trainer with Heartland Community College's Corporate Education Department, presented all leadership courses. Community leaders came in to conduct the civics portion of the training.

The vision, knowledge and connections that students gain can often open the door to greater opportunities at work, at home and in the community.

Since the academy's inception it has propelled the best and brightest stars in the local work force to an even higher level of success and encouraged many of these fine individuals to take on volunteer leadership roles in our communities around Logan County.

Take Terry Carlton, current county board chairman, for example. Carlton is a Leadership Academy graduate from 2007.

"The academy has created a conduit for 'enlighten(ed) leaders' to help meet the demands of local businesses and the community," said April Jensen of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, who graduated with the inaugural class of 2006 and chairs the steering committee.

Skilled leaders are a valuable commodity. Communities are learning that expanding their leadership talent pool is good business. It's good for industry, it's good for government, and it's good for social services and civic groups.

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The Leadership Academy is sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Illinois American Water. Because of the generous sponsors, the chamber of commerce has been able to give several academy scholarships every year.

The Leadership Academy directly reflects the mission of the chamber to advocate for business by providing leadership, programs and services that create, protect and enhance the business environment for the benefit of chamber members and Lincoln and Logan County.

The graduation breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Lincoln College Meyer-Evans Student Center and is sponsored in full by Lincoln College.

For more information about the Leadership Academy or the graduation breakfast, contact the chamber of commerce at 217-735-2385 or go to

[Text from file received from the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce]

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