With over 1,100 graduates since 1985, Leadership Reno-Sparks has helped produce hundreds of managers, community leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Participants are engaged in a 9-month program that focuses on communication, developmental organization, and community participation. Every year the Leadership Reno-Sparks class tackles a special community project that engages participants in a real-world exercise that also helps build our community.
Mission of Leadership Reno-Sparks:
To identify and develop current and future leaders through a comprehensive program designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the issues and challenges facing this community. Our VISION is to be a highly valued and respected program recognized for the quality and diversity of its members, who remain committed to improving our region through ongoing education, awareness, and involvement.
Benefits for Participants
Provides volunteer opportunities
Opportunity to visit “restricted” or difficult to access areas
Personal/professional growth through exposure to community’s issues and leaders
Establish long-standing business relationships with class members and alumni
Benefits for Employers
Gain access to key community, government and business leaders.
Exposure to community issues that impact your organization.
Networking and business development opportunities.
OVERVIEW Up to 35 individuals who have demonstrated leadership potential will be selected for each class. Participants are required to attend a two-day retreat in January and a day-long workshop each month, February through September. Each workshop will address a different subject and are held at various locations throughout the community.
SCHEDULE Workshops are scheduled for the second Friday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and include lunch, group exercises, and tours. A mandatory law enforcement ride-along or dispatch program will be scheduled in February or March.
ATTENDANCE Attendance at the two-day overnight retreat and eight monthly workshops is mandatory for all participants. It is essential that you are able to make the required time commitment to the program in order to graduate. An individual who misses part or all of a workshop will be required to complete an extensive make-up assignment. The complete assignment must be submitted by the deadline date. If not, you will be dropped from the class and will not graduate from the program.
COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT Participants will be required to participate in one of the Leadership Reno Sparks “Adopt-A-Spot” clean up held on selected Saturdays.
ELIGIBILITY Preference will be given to individuals who have a sincere concern about the future of our community and a personal desire to help shape that future, a demonstrated capacity for leadership through significant achievements or drive to become a better leader, a personal and professional commitment to remain active in the community, a commitment to the time and energy necessary to complete the program by attending the two-day retreat and all workshops, with the full support of his or her employer, and should be a minimum of 25 years of age by program end.
SELECTION PROCESS There is an extensive application process. Due to the highly interactive nature of the program, we accept a maximum of 36 people per class. Applicants with the greatest potential to better our community will be considered. Often, excellent candidates are turned away, so we strongly encourage all who are not selected to reapply.
TUITION The program cost is $1,750 for Chamber members ($2,100 for non-members), which includes tuition, materials, meals, transportation, and room and board at the two-day retreat. Scholarships and deferred payments are available and may be applied for during the application process.