• Leadership Carbondale

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    Led by the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Carbondale is a program formed to build strong leaders and prepare them for leadership roles in the community. Participants will gather valuable knowledge and resources through a training curriculum designed to teach how to be better leaders, network with other leaders and professionals, and learn more about the community of Carbondale.



    • To create alignment with the purpose of evoking positive actions from others and encourage the ongoing development of your capacities
    • To provide a deeper understanding of the Carbondale Community, and to learn from Leadership Carbondale Alumni
    • To thoroughly understand the seven capacities of Positive Leadership:
    1. Authenticity
    2. Purpose
    3. Advocacy
    4. Resilience
    5. Community Building
    6. Reason
    7. Gratitude


    This class meets one full day per month, typically the last Friday of the month for an eight month period beginning in April.

    The cost of the class is $500, some scholarships may be available. Material fees may still apply for scholarship recipients.


    Congratulations to the Class of 2018:

    Katherine Burns, Director of Kids Korner, Carbondale Park District

    Brian Flath, Assistant Director of Corporate Support, WSIU Public Broadcasting

    Benjamin Craft, Banking Center Manager, Banterra Bank

    Brittany Swims, Interim Director of Operations, Boys and Girls Club

    Eli Jacobs, HVAC Technician, Jacobs Air Conditioning & Heating

    Jarin Dunnigan, Detective Sergeant, Carbondale Police Department

    Jennifer VanBrooker, Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications, SIH/ SIH Medical Group

    John Barnett, Commercial Lender, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

    Kathy Smith-Shaffer, Assistant Dean of Students, Southern Illinois University

    Lindsay Ledbetter, Regional Practice Director, SIH/ SIH Medical Group

    Travis Taylor, Senior Planner, City of Carbondale

    Vamsi Manne, Associate Director-Student Center Programs, Southern Illinois University

    Nic Skovgaard, Owner, AlterEgo Marketing

    The Class of 2018 Class Project: Dawg Parade

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