Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Call for Participants: 2016 Leadership Academy

Due to its overwhelming positive response and success last year, the Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the continuation of a
program that will enrich the local workforce and professional community.

The Leadership Academy of Osceola and South Mississippi County is relaunched last year after a nine year hiatus. "We had a lot of new people in leadership positions or on their way there, so the time was right to bring it back," said Chamber Director Ammi Tucker. The goal of the academy is to help identify and strengthen those that have community leadership potential, as well as help local businesses and industries cultivate potential leaders and increase opportunities to promote from within.

The Academy will take place in one day-long meeting per month from September through December, and culminate with a day trip to Little Rock in early 2017. Each session will be interactive, hands-on, and designed to equip participants with the tools that will better prepare them for leadership opportunities within the community as well as their organization or company. In a new twist to the program, sessions will be held at various locations in communities throughout South Mississippi County to help make participants more aware of the people, places, and resources in our area.
The 2015 Leadership Academy Class recognized for completion.

The Chamber is striving to keep the Leadership Academy rich in content yet still accessible. The tuition fee is $350 per participant and includes meals and snacks, program materials, transportation & meal during the Little Rock visit planned for early 2017. A discounted tuition per participant is available if any company wishes to enroll three or more employees. Also, a limited number of scholarships may be awarded to businesses or nonprofit organizations with 10 or fewer employees.

Sessions begin Wednesday, September 7, and the deadline for applications is Friday, September 2, 2016.  For more information about the Leadership Academy, or to inquire about sponsor and partnership opportunities, contact Ammi Tucker at 870-563-2281 or

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