The four-hour class every Friday will include civic topics and
leadership components. Students will learn about the Logan County
communities, their history, government structures, educational
opportunities, health care and housing resources, and community
organizations. Leadership training will include these topics:
leadership for all situations, strategic planning, communications,
effective meetings and change management.
Rick Wills, management
consultant and trainer, will be the presenter for all leadership
courses. Local community leaders will join in to conduct the civic
portion of the training.
Since the academy's inception it has propelled the best and
brightest stars in the local workforce 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.
The vision, knowledge and connections that students gain can often
open the door to greater opportunities at work, at home and in the
A previous participant in the program said: "After talking with
new members to the Logan County community who have been involved in
leadership academies in other communities, it is my understanding
that the Logan County Leadership Academy is a very 'top of the line'
academy. I took advantage of this awesome opportunity to gain
leadership skills and network with other professionals in the
county. It has helped me tremendously professionally and personally.
I am now involved in the community and my name is out there."
"The academy has created a conduit for 'enlighten(ed) leaders' to
help meet the demands of local businesses and the community," said
the 2010 steering committee chairman, April Jensen, of Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital, who graduated from the inaugural class of
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The chamber of commerce recognizes that skilled leaders are a valuable commodity, and expanding our
leadership talent pool is good business. It's good for industry,
it's good for government, and it's good for social services and
For more information about the Leadership Academy,
contact the Chamber of Commerce at 217-735-2385 or go to
The Leadership Academy directly reflects the mission of the
chamber to be an advocate for business by providing leadership,
programs and services that create, protect and enhance the business
environment for the benefit of chamber members and for Lincoln and Logan
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]