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Leadership Development Programs

Chambers strive to enhance the business community by offering various professional development programs. Leadership is a key part of these programs and you can find several examples below.

Award-Winning Chamber Examples

  • Commerce Lexington Inc.'s (Ky.) Leadership Lexington Program - Category 4 Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year
    • View the webinar recording From the Winner's Circle: 2016 Chamber of the Year Webinar Series on Leadership Lexington (4/6/2017) and download the presentation slides here. Webinar summary: Leadership development programs come in all shapes, sizes and formats: like chambers of commerce, it could be said that if you’ve seen one leadership development program, you’ve seen just one. In this webinar, learn about Commerce Lexington Inc. award-winning Leadership Lexington program - a mainstay of the Lexington, Kentucky community for more than 35 years. The program gives participants the opportunity to meet with and learn from today’s leaders in order to better understand the city and prepare for its challenges. Learn how this program, which has graduated over 1,300 well-connected and involved community leaders, has been strengthened over time through increased volunteer participation, a community projects component, and more.

Additional Chamber Examples

  • See examples of various Leadership Programs in ACCE's Samples Library.
  • Boulder Chamber of Commerce (Colo.) - Leadership Fellows: The Boulder Chamber and The Community Foundation partner to bring the Boulder County Leadership Fellows (BCLF) program. BCLF creates a pipeline for business, nonprofit, and government leadership roles as they meet leaders across all sectors over a 10 month period.
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Denver: Leadership Denver brings together leaders to discuss and learn about the challenges facing the Denver Metro area for the purpose of expanding their commitment to voluntary civic responsibility. Leadership Denver is a 40-year-old program that develops community leaders and enhances the civic infrastructure of the Denver Metro region.
  • Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce (Iowa) - Leadership Dubuque: Provides individuals with the opportunity to cultivate community knowledge and develop personal leadership skills; promotes civic responsibility by encouraging involvement, enthusiasm and dedication.
  • Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce (Colo.) - Thought Leader Speaker Series: Offers an opportunity for top-of-the-line professional development from world-renowned authors such as Marcus Buckingham, Jim Collins, Mark Lautman, and Dr. John C. Maxwell. View the recording from the April 2014 program with Lautman, author of When Boomers Bail.
  • Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (Va.) - Leadership Fredericksburg: This 9 month course provides the local workforce with a pool of highly skilled and motivated leaders from a cross-section of industry who are deeply committed to improving the quality of life in the region while leading with integrity, best practices, and guiding principles.
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Development Programs: The talented workforce isn’t just a driving force of Boston's economy. It's also their competitive advantage. Through their programs - Women's Leadership Program, Boston's Future Leaders Program, Executive Leadership Institute, and Leadership Forum - participants learn through a unique blend of classroom and experiential learning, which also focuses on networking and long-lasting professional connections.
  • Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce (Ill.) - The Leadership Masters Program provides intensive character and results-based coaching, collaborative learning, and training to develop "bench strength" of future leaders within local businesses, non-profits, and government entities -- influencers at all career stages capable of leading others to produce desired organizational results. View the Executive Summary and Whitepaper.
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (N.C.) - Leadership Raleigh: the ideal program for preparing the leaders of tomorrow. During the nine-month program, participants get an in-depth view of community issues, develop leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles, and are exposed to community involvement opportunities.
  • Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce (Iowa) - Community Leadership Series Flyer - Participants of the Iowa City Area Chamber's Community Leadership Series will: become acquainted with local experts in healthcare, education, government, and media; establish relationships with others who are new to the community and lead large organizations; and learn the history and vision for the Iowa City area.
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - Southern California Leadership Network: a partnership to develop and expand a network of leaders in the business, government and community sectors who are prepared to address the unique challenges of the LA region.
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Programs: Through its four programs – San Diego Young Leaders, Student Civic Engagement Academy, Public Leadership Institute and the Advance Women’s Professional Development program – the Chamber aims to develop leaders who are well equipped to serve the area and the opportunities and challenges of the regional business community.

Examples of Guidelines and Criteria of Chamber Leadership Programs

Leadership Development Tools: CCE

  • ACCE's Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) program - Learn more about how to earn the only national certification for chamber professionals.
  • Earning Your CCE Webinar - Certify your professionalism! If you have six or more years of senior-level chamber management experience and are now employed in a senior level chamber position, you could become a Certified Chamber Executive. Find out the details in this webinar led by CCE Commission Chair Bob Quick, CCE, President & CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. (Ky.), Chair Elect Linda Rabe, CCE, IOM, President & CEO of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce (S.D.), and Susan McGuire, ACCE Manager of Professional Development. Download the presentation slides. (October 27, 2016)

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