Leadership Habersham 2011-2012 program graduation at Glen-Ella Springs Inn
The Chamber is in its 23rd consecutive year of Leadership Habersham. Each year, 25 participants are accepted into the program. The fee is $500 per year for participants from a for-profit business, and $250 for members from a non-profit organization. Participation from non-profit organizations is limited to ten or fewer each year.
Full-day sessions are planned from September through May plus a graduation. Although the participants get traditional leadership training, the focus is on the past, present and future of Habersham County and the systems that make it work. The participants learn about Habersham’s government including fire and police protection; social services, civic organizations and community programs; education; the health care industry; and Habersham’s legal and political structure. They take field trips to the county’s businesses and industries and get a behind-the-scenes look at these companies. They see economic development in the making and create bonds with fellow participants that last a lifetime.
These participants groom themselves for leadership positions in their jobs, the local community and the state. The program has alumni in leadership positions at all these levels. Most say their experiences in this program helped them advance and reach their goals. Call the Chamber today at 706-778-4654 for more detailed information and application.
In order to create a pathway to leadership in Habersham County, the Chamber also sponsors the Youth Leadership Program at Habersham Central High School. Serving over 100 students each year, the Chamber assists with a trip to the State capitol for students during the legislative sessions, sponsor a graduation banquet for students and parents at the end of each year with certificates, and provide Leadership T-Shirts for class members. Many of these students who remain in or return to Habersham County after college participate in the adult Leadership Habersham Program.
Chamber Junior Board
2012-2013 Junior Board: Back row (left to right) Dr. Judy Taylor, Landrum Parker,
Christian Kloster, Cole Ivester, Jacob Mann, Macy Sirmans-coordinator. Front row (left
to right) Ashley Blackburn, Macey Doran, Jenna Barden, and Cassidy Davidson
Started in 2011 by Macy Sirmans, a former Youth Leadership participant, the 10-member Chamber Junior Board is composed of seven students from the Habersham Central High School Leadership Program and three students, selected by faculty and staff, from Tallulah Falls School. The Board meets one time each quarter and is hosted by a local business or industry. They hear from the host company about managing and operating a business, have talks on ethics and choices, including career choices, have business and social etiquette training and have opportunities for community engagement and involvement through the Chamber.
Sirmans has continued to coordinate the program while a student at the University of Georgia. Each coordinator will groom one of the participants to lead the group when he/she graduates from college or when his/her schedule no longer permits.
“One of the best investments any community can make in its future is the development of its future leaders,” says Dr. Judy Taylor, Chamber President. “The Habersham Chamber takes this charge very seriously.”