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Loudoun Organizations Join Forces to Build Leadership Pipeline

Guest Post written by Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Tony Howard.

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Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Loudoun Establish Strategic Partnership

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is really proud to announce that we have formed a strategic partnership with Leadership Loudoun to both strengthen and grow this community-based leadership development program, to help develop the next generation committed, engaged leaders for Loudoun County.

[photos above: Previous Leadership Loudoun Alumni in the Loudoun community.]

This partnership is a natural alignment of two organizations working to build a pipeline of leaders for the county and to develop the talent that exists here.

Perhaps the best part of this strategic partnership is that both of our organizations are committed to providing accessible professional development for Loudoun’s business, government and nonprofit workforce. We also are committed to creating effective pathways to business and community leadership here in Loudoun.

A Joint Advisory Committee with representation by both Leadership Loudoun and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has been established under the leadership of Lydia Patrick, Vice Chair of Leadership Loudoun. As she told me, the Leadership Loudoun Board of Directors believes this new affiliation will greatly expands their organization’s ability to offer this signature leadership development program to all who work or live in Loudoun.

Participants in the nine month leadership development program explore current economic and social issues and Loudoun civics and culture. Professional coaching integrates with the community component to strengthen individual leadership capacity. At the end of a class cycle, participants have identified their unique leadership qualities, worked with a team to address a critical community issue and made connections with other professionals across business, nonprofit and government sectors to expand their network.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Loudoun invite individuals to apply for the Class of 2016 online at Application deadline is June 12, 2015.

In the past 24 years, Leadership Loudoun has helped more than 500 community leaders develop their skills and awareness of Loudoun’s key issues, while working with their peers on more than 100 community service projects. Today, those Leadership Loudoun grads serve on boards, commissions and volunteer with area organizations throughout Loudoun County.