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Leadership Lexington development program now accepting applications for latest class

Since 1979, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Leadership Lexington program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing nearly 1,400 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program.

Graduates of the program have impacted our city in areas such as public art, childhood literacy, healthy living, downtown way-finding signage, hunger relief and more.

The program gives participants the opportunity to better understand our city and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership Lexington is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues.

Classes meet in different locations around the area each month with a major program topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Sessions include topics, such as government, education, public safety, economic development, arts, equine, diversity, health and human services, and leadership development.

As part of the program, class members participate in community projects where they practice and apply leadership skills in a group experience, work with community leaders, gain in-depth understanding of a community organization and/or community need, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Project work is done outside of regular day session meetings.


Just Us – restoring trust and instilling compassion among elementary school students and law enforcement; On the Table – a series of community-wide conversations to engage Lexingtonians in the public planning process in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation; Breaking Barriers – working to relieve the financial barrier of expungement of Class D felonies and misdemeanors for those who are on a positive life path; HOPE (HELPING OTHERS PREPARE FOR EMPLOYMENT THROUGH ENGAGEMENT) – creating a career expo for high school students to learn about various career options available next year through Bryan Station High Schools’ new Career Academies program.


Applications for this 11-month long program are available at www.commercelexington.com/application.html beginning April 14, with completed applications to be submitted on-line by Monday, May 15, 2017.

Residents and individuals who work in the Lexington area are eligible to apply for Leadership Lexington. Applicants must be employed by firms that are active members of Commerce Lexington. For more information, contact Amy Carrington, program director, at (859) 226-1610 or acarrington@commercelexington.com.

From Commerce Lexington Communications

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