Program Schedule Tuesday, August 30 Opening Session 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 6 Quality of Life & "5 Minutes of Fame" Presentations 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 4 Education 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, November 1 Communications & Finance 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 6 Health & Human Services 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, January 10 Local Government & Public Safety 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, February 7 Business & Entrepreneurship 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, March 7 Agriculture & Sustainability 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, March 24 Graduation/ Annual Awards Banquet Evening
Back by popular demand, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is once again offering Leadership Fairfield. This exciting seven-course program focuses on leadership development and deepening community awareness. The course is open to anyone interested in networking with and being inspired by Fairfield's leaders while gaining an in-depth perspective of the inner workings of the community.
"I was a new professional who just moved to Fairfield and Leadership Fairfield was a great way for me to meet new people and learn all about my new community," says a program graduate from last year.
Another reflects, "I've lived in Fairfield my entire life, except while gone to college, and Leadership Fairfield made me realize how much I didn't know about my hometown." The program begins August 30, 2016 culminating with the graduation ceremony on March 24. The program includes monthly sessions which begin at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and focus on a different aspect of the community. During a typical session, participants engage with a panel of experts and travel to various locations to get an in-depth look at local businesses/organizations and the leaders that make them thrive.
Sessions are led by Chamber program organizers and Leadership Fairfield alumni. All participants are required to complete work on a leadership focused group project, engage in eight hours of community service, and attend a community-level board meeting. By the end of the program, participants gain new friends, new networks, a greater understanding of each sector of the community, and an increased understanding of their personal leadership development. Cost to attend is $300. The fee includes lunch, transportation, materials, and entrance to the Chamber Annual Awards Banquet on March 24, 2017. For more information, see the Application and Program Guidelines. Class size is limited. Applicants must submit their resume and application to the Chamber no later than Friday, August 19 at 5:00 pm.
Testimonials of the 2015-2016 Alumni "As a new member of the Fairfield community, Leadership Fairfield provided me with the knowledge and confidence to become a community member. These traits have also allowed me to give back to the community; which is something that I value very much." Jess Jones Professional Clinic Manager Jefferson County Health Center "Leadership Fairfield is a must attend program for any business leader interested in learning more about our community and its offerings. It is well worth the investment of individual time and company sponsorship to attend. The combination of diverse leaders who participated in the program as well as the first-rate program mentors, along with the various panels and company tour guides, made for a great program experience. I am very proud and honored to be a Leadership Fairfield graduate!" Novena Cole Director of Accounting Hawthorne Direct
"Leadership Fairfield allowed me to learn about the community and network with fellow business leaders. Being new to the community, this was an invaluable experience." Dr. Patrick Jones Dentist Fairfield Dental