THE LEADERSHIP MARION! PROGRAM
The Marion Area Leadership Program was initiated in 1991 by a group of citizens concerned about the lack of new leadership in the community. As Marion continued to grow and develop, it was felt that there would be a need for a continuous pool of individuals to fill diverse leadership needs throughout the community. Since it's inception, over four hundred individuals have participated in the Marion Area Leadership Program. Each of these individuals was sponsored by an organization in the community, typically the individuals' own employer. The diverse list of sponsors include businesses, industries, educational institutions, health care providers, social service agencies, and government entities.
Marion Area Leadership Program participants attend nine sessions beginning in September and continuing with day-long sessions each month through May. During this time, they have the opportunity to develop and implement new leadership skills as well as learn about the community of Marion. Community topics include local history, educational issues, governmental structures, social service needs, economic development, EnVISIONing the 21st Century activities and health care. Participants not only learn about these areas, but also have the opportunity to explore leadership possibilities and involvement. Presentations to the class are supplemented by tours and site visits. By the end of the program, participants have learned more than they ever imagined they could about their community. Also, many of the skills which have been developed carry over into the participants' work and personal lives.
It is the mission of Leadership Marion! to invite high-potential candidates from throughout the Marion area to join in a journey to better understand Marion’s history, its current challenges and its future possibilities. Together, they explore essential building blocks of our community – from education, business and government to health care and social services.
Benefits of Program Participation
Benefits to the participant include:
development of leadership and management skills that are both personally and professionally beneficial
insight into the county of Marion
preparation for rewarding and stimulating community leadership positions
Benefits to the sponsor include:
response to community need
leadership skill development for their employee
Program fee is $850 for Chamber Members
$1,150 for Non-members