West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announces the second installment of its highly successful WeLead Academy. The purpose of the WeLead Academy is to develop overall knowledge and advance the leadership skills of West Hollywood-based stakeholders who are committed to the core values of the city and to the community where they live, work, and play.
“The feedback from our inaugural academy was so pronounced that we had to do it again”, said WeHo Chamber President and CEO, Genevieve Morrill, “we are committed to the community by developing new leadership with the tools and connections to effect positive change”.
WeLead Academy was developed to advance leadership skills and knowledge necessary to build coalitions and lead effective advocacy efforts through a four-week program jam-packed with curriculum on topics significant to serving on advisory or non-profit boards, commissions, or running for public office. The 2016 WeLead participants received valuable lessons from past elected officials and key City stakeholders such as Abbe Land, Josh Kurpies, Jason Illoulian, and David Dickerson who delivered case study testimonials to the academy students.
Notable members of the community attended the first academy and shared their enthusiasm. Ted Green, a longtime political strategist said, “By participating in the WeLead Academy I not only learned a lot about West Hollywood, I learned some practical skills that help in all areas of my work. And I met some cool people along the way.” Another satisfied participant, Alexander Bazley, General Manager of West Hollywood Gateway added, “WeLead Academy is a great setting to network with passionate and intelligent community leaders. The instructors and guest speakers’ insight boosted my mettle in contributing to important local issues.”
The WeHo Chamber will host an introduction and orientation for up to 30 potential participants on April 8th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Interested applicants will complete a questionnaire and 12 will be chosen for the academy. Those accepted into the WeLead Academy will begin the four-week program beginning on April 22nd. Each session lasts two and a half hours.
WeLead Academy facilitators and instructors Sam Borelli and Mark R. Edwards will lead the participants through a curriculum of subjects with special guests and experts who will share their knowledge with participants. Subject matters include Effective Advocacy in Public Policy Shaping, Handling Challenging Conversations, How to Prepare for Public Speaking, Crafting an Effective Opinion Article, Owning your Elevator Speech and general knowledge of the city and ways to advance their role in it.
Orientation: Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
4-weeks: Saturday, April 22nd, 29th, May 6th, 13th, 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Cost: $200 for full 4-Weeks, Orientation is complimentary
Location: The Abbey, 692 N. Robertson Boulevard
Parking: WeHo Library Structure & Metered Street Parking
Applications can be found here: http://www.wehochamber.com/welead-academy.html
Founded in 1921, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization which supports and promotes a community environment where commerce can flourish. The Chamber fosters prosperity and champions local business by providing resources and leadership to advance activity through economic development. We advocate and represent business interests to government, while enhancing the quality of community life and promoting the uniqueness of West Hollywood.