Fourteen business professionals graduate Thursday, May 25, from the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Institute for Leadership Development, a program that aims to create stronger leaders to serve Albany Area businesses and the community by effectively utilizing the resources of the chamber. The graduation ceremony will be hosted at Wynfield Plantation in Albany at 5:30 p.m.
“The Albany Area Chamber’s Institute for Leadership Development has been successful in molding future business leaders through personal and professional development. It is important to build upon the professional skills of our participants and realize that leaders can be developed from all levels within an organization,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.
A key element of the Institute for Leadership Development is the mentor-mentee program, which pairs current community leaders with young professionals, providing invaluable experience and knowledge to help fully develop the participants’ talents. Along with mentorship, the curriculum provides a genuine and detailed focus on several key leadership qualities including effective networking, delegation; understanding leadership style; visioning and strategic planning; political savvy; influence and negotiation; image and the media.
INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CLASS OF 2016-2017
David Anderson MCLB Albany
Kimberly Carter Albany State University
Deborah Clemons Renasant Bank
James T. Ealum Campaign Manager
Lola Edwards Albany Technical College
Erin Freeman Albany Area Resource Center
Reedi Hawkins Albany-Dougherty EDC
Tim Hunter Tim Hunter, CPA
Haley Janousek Mauldin & Jenkins
Michael Kennedy Lee County Library
Whitney Passmore AB&T
Latreesa Perryman MCLB Albany
Daniel Stone SB&T
Jason Wilson Southern Point Staffing
On May 11, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Albany announced a merger of the two leadership programs. The merger allows for the blend of the Leadership Albany program, which places a strong emphasis on building community trustees, and curriculum programs of the chamber’s Leadership Institute, which focuses on developing traits such as political awareness, media savvy and business leadership.