Call us: (919) 734-2241

Leadership

 

Leadership Wayne County

Leadership Wayne County, is a program of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and is designed to create a corps of leaders dedicated to the betterment of the community through service.  Participation is open to persons who are recognized as emerging leaders, as well as those persons demonstrating leadership potential.  The program seeks men and women who have achieved leadership positions within their field who are likely to be recruited for community service.

Class meetings begin in September and continue once each month until graduation in May of the following year.  Each class meeting exposes members to various aspects of Wayne County and covers a wide array of topics including local government, history, agri-business, education, business & industry, as well as arts and leisure.  Each participant is also required to attend at least three community board or commission meetings during the class year.

In addition to the class days and required meetings, class members must also work together to raise funds and complete a class project.  This project is an important team-building exercise and gives the class a chance to leave their mark on the community.  Fundraising may begin as soon as the class decides on their class project.  Regardless of the project start date, the project must be completed and presented to the community by the April class date.

Leadership Wayne County wants to be the next stepping stone for emerging leaders in our Community.

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP WAYNE?

Leadership Wayne is a program of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and is designed to create a corps of leaders dedicated to the betterment of the community through service. Participation is open to persons who are recognized as emerging leaders, as well as those persons demonstrating leadership potential. The program seeks men and women who have achieved leadership positions within their field and who are likely to be recruited for community service.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Participants will be chosen by the Selection Committee of Leadership Wayne, and are subject to the approval of the Board of Regents, a volunteer committee of alumni that administers the program. The committee seeks representation from a cross-section of the community — business, industry, education, government, community-based organizations, ethnic and minority groups.
Basic criteria that must be met by all applicants:

1. The candidate must live or work in Wayne County. If employed full-time and the employer is funding the tuition, the candidate must have the endorsement and commitment of his or her employer.
2. The candidate must understand and accept the program’s expectations regarding attendance, community project and other program guidelines.
3. The candidate must have a sincere commitment to serve the community demonstrated by detailed and specific information provided in this application.

In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee looks for potential participants who demonstrate the following:
1. Commitment and motivation to serve the Wayne County area.
2. Ability to make the time commitment required by the program.

Leadership Wayne begins with a mandatory opening 1 and 1/2 day overnight retreat in September, and is completed the following May with a 1/2 day retreat. The ending retreat is mandatory, participants are expected to attend, as it brings closure to the year and allows time for classmates to offer feedback on the current year’s program and share ideas for next year’s program. Beginning in October, the class meets one Thursday a month for 8 months and completes a community project prior to graduation. Each participant is also required to attend at least three (3) approved community board/commission meetings during the class year. A list of appropriate boards/commissions from which to choose will be provided at the opening retreat. Finally, all class members must participate in and complete a class project together for the betterment of Wayne County.
For more information on the Leadership Wayne program, contact Janet Brock at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, (919) 734-2241 or email janetb@waynecountychamber.com.

LEADERSHIP WAYNE CLASS PROJECT
Each year Leadership Wayne participants complete multiple criteria before graduation. One of those is the completion of a community class project. Class members must work together to raise funds and complete a class project. The project is an important team-building exercise and gives the class a chance to leave their mark on the community. Depending on the size, scope and expense of the project, the actual hands-on part may not begin until January of the class year. Regardless of the project start date, the project must be completed and presented to the community by April 28, 2016.

Wayne County organizations have an opportunity to submit project applications to be considered by the class. The following are essential aspects that must be addressed when submitting an application:

• The project must provide hands-on work for all class members and must include tasks that all class members can complete together.
• The project must be accessible to and for the benefit of Wayne County citizens.
• The project must be sustainable in that it will not need future maintenance or upkeep. In the event that the project would need to be maintained after completion, there must be a plan in place for this.
• The project must be able to be completed within a 3 to 4 month period.
• The project costs must be reasonable and must fall within the parameters of the class’ ability to raise funds for the project.

Examples of previous class projects are as follows:
2014-2015 Class—Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County: Create an outdoor Reading Garden
2013-2014 Class—Wayne Opportunity Center: Employee Break Room Renovations
2012—2013 Class—Boys & Girls Club: E Books
2011—2012 Class—Herman Park: Playground Restoration
2010—2011 Class—Wayne County Services on Aging: Dining Facility Make-Over
2009—2010 Class—Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro: Facility Upgrades
2008—2009 Class—Paupers Cemetery: Environmental Upgrade
2007—2008 Class—Battered Women’s Shelter: Full Facility Renovations

For more information on the Leadership Wayne class project, contact Janet Brock at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, (919) 734-2241 or email janetb@waynecountychamber.com or complete the online application.

Contact Us

Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
308 N. William Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530

919-734-2241