Leadership Williams County is a special program designed and conducted by the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce. Organized in 1990, it was created by a concern for developing future leaders of the Bryan community and Williams County.
Graduates of Leadership Williams County will contribute to the community through their service in the Chamber of Commerce, city government, and many other worthy organizations and endeavors.
As a program of the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Williams County is designed to create an understanding of how the community works, increase leadership skills, and provide an incentive for leadership.
Leadership Williams County alumni know our community because they have studied it and experienced it. They have studied our local history and they understand the structure of our government, economy, human services, and educational system. They recognize our community’s strengths and they are challenged by its weaknesses. Friendships established during the program have brought about a network of communication.
Our community has needs that must be fulfilled and challenges that must be met. This unique corps of people can play an important role in shaping our future. We can look to them for their assistance, their counsel, their expertise, and above all, their spirit.
Leadership Williams County alumni are truly one of our community’s most valuable resources. They represent our future and because they want to be involved, that future can be a bright one indeed.
The Leadership Williams County program is designed to provided the following:
- Become aware of the community problems and potential
- Develop leadership skills necessary to motivate and direct volunteers in community activities
- Be recognized by existing community leaders as a potential source of help
- Meet and develop a working relationship with other currently
and potentially active community volunteers.
- Provide a continuing source of active, responsible, trained people for community needs
- Promote a better understanding of community problems among participants and the broader community with which they come in contact
- Allow a format in the programs for off-the-record debate on controversial topics.
- Allow an exchange of ideas between current leaders
Tuition for the nine month September through May course is $800 per participant, payable by August 31st and is non-refundable after September 15th. Each participant is responsible for a minimum 25% of the tuition. Corporate sponsorship is limited to 75% of the tuition. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to individuals who otherwise would be unable to participate. Request for scholarship assistance should be indicated on the application form. Applications are accepted through June for the following September through May program year.