About the Program
Started by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce in 1980, Leadership Fayette strives to empower and encourage a diverse group of existing and emerging leaders that are prepared and committed to serving Fayette County. The program provides opportunities for individuals to enhance their civic knowledge of Fayette County, hone their leadership skills and network with leaders across the community. Leadership Fayette provides a hands-on educational experience with emphasis on economic development and community awareness, focusing on the interdependencies between sectors of the local economy, as well as the interrelationships of a variety of local issues. Participants will receive a better understanding of how our community works, will build relationships with the region’s leaders and will be inspired to apply their talents to serve the community.
What can Leadership Fayette do for you?
Leadership Fayette prepares the leaders of tomorrow. In this eight-month program, participants will gain:
What is the time commitment
The eight-month program includes a mandatory two-day orientation retreat (two half-day sessions) and seven (7) full-day sessions. In addition, each candidate is required to participate in the class project as well as various community events and volunteer opportunities. The upcoming cohort will run from August 2017 - April 2018. Sessions will be held on the third Thursday of the month from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (except for orientation retreat in August and December team-building activity).
What is the class format?
Local, regional and state leaders will share their knowledge and perspectives through presentations, interactive sessions, role plays, panel discussions and hands-on activities. Class formats will demonstrate real situations, challenges and opportunities in Fayette County, and participants will gain first-hand experience through behind-the-scenes tours of various public and private facilities.
Monthly session topics and dates
Orientation Retreat August 24-25
Education September 21
Economic Development October 19
Cultural Competencies and the Creative Class November 16
Team-Building Activity December (TBD)
Health and Community Wellness January 18
Law Enforcement and Justice System February 15
Governance and Civil Discourse March 15
Project Presentations and Graduation April 19
Attendance requirements reflect the commitment necessary to receive a meaningful experience from investment in the Leadership Fayette program. Participants and their employers must be willing to commit the necessary time to fully participate in the program.
Participants are required to attend the mandatory orientation retreat and all monthly sessions in their entirety. Participants must also commit time necessary to work with classmates on class project. While we understand that sometimes an absence is unavoidable, a participant may not miss more than one (1) class session and must complete additional enrichment activities to make up any missed time.
Leadership Fayette is built on strong fundamental leadership principles. The program commences in August with a mandatory retreat consisting of two half-days, including dinner and a late evening activity. Class members will participate in a number of team-building, leadership-style exploration exercises and networking activities designed to demonstrate the dynamics of effective leadership. Fundamental background information about the community as well as an overview of the class projects will also be discussed during the retreat.
The class project serves as a central component of the Leadership Fayette experience. The project provides participants with an opportunity to turn concepts into workable projects and problem-solving by working in small teams to accomplish a larger mission. The project directly correlates with themes explored during class sessions and is a capstone to the Leadership Fayette class experience. The project will involve exploration of the civic health of Fayette County including social connectedness, community involvement, political action and participation, and confidence in institutions. The project will correlate with similar state and national assessments from which the project is conceived.
Beyond the monthly class sessions, periodic optional opportunities will be provided for additional enrichment of leadership and community knowledge. Examples include a day of optional tours of local industry and attendance at local government meetings.
What is the selection process?
The Leadership Fayette program is open to anyone in Fayette County. No more than two representatives from any one organization can be selected to participate in a class.
The application process is governed by a Leadership Fayette advisory committee. A panel of the advisory committee reviews all applications received and determines finalist applicants to be invited to final interviews. Leadership Fayette considers the following criteria during the process:
Application process timeline
April 19 - May 26: Application process open. Application link available HERE starting April 19.
May 26: Application submission deadline (5:00 p.m.)
May 31: Selected finalists contacted to schedule interviews
June 8, 9 & June 12, 13: Candidate interviews (interview times TBD)
June 15: Candidate selection notification
June 30: Tuition payment due
July 5: Wait list notification
August 24-25: Mandatory orientation retreat
Tuition for Leadership Fayette is $795 and includes all expenses for the eight (8) monthly sessions, orientation retreat, meals, limited transportation, and graduation. Costs of any optional enrichment opportunities, if any, are not included. Tuition must be paid in full or payment arrangements made by June 30, 2017. Tuition is non-refundable. A limited number of partial scholarships for demonstrated financial need may be available upon request and submission of additional financial information.
How to submit an application
Completed applications may be submitted in one of the following ways:
Questions or requests for further information about Leadership Fayette should be directed to Paige Muh - Paige@FayetteChamber.org or 770-461-9983 ext. 204.