In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ann Lisi of the the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, They talk about the revival of Leadership Worcester. This episode aired originally on March 1, 2015.
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and dozens of community leaders have come together to re-energize the popular Leadership Worcester program. The new program, which will begin in September 2015, will identify motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in Worcester and the surrounding towns and are interested in learning and honing new leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the community. The Leadership Worcester Class of 2015 will represent all sectors of the community—business, non-profit, education, and government.
The nine-month program will begin with a two-day overnight retreat that bonds the group, determines individual leadership strengths and challenges, and provides a general context about Greater Worcester, its strengths, and opportunities. The sessions will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from October to May, plus two evening networking events. Each session will explore a regional topic and will help participants acquire an understanding of how critical issues affect Central Massachusetts.
Completed applications were due on April 1. Participants were to be notified of their acceptance by May.
A nomination from an employer was recommended when an applicant was employed, and at least one letter of recommendation was required when an applicant was applying as a volunteer/resident or is self-employed. A limited amount of scholarship assistance was made possible through the generosity of Worcester foundations, including Fuller Foundation, Stoddard Charitable Trust, Hoche-Scofield, George I. Alden, and the Fletcher Foundation.