Next Leadership class seeks applicants

Published 6:15 pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Leadership Selma-Dallas County is accepting applications for its next adult class.

Anyone interested in joining Class XXI has until June 25, but the organization is encouraging those interested to put in an application early.

Leadership Selma-Dallas County promotes leadership and community service opportunities in the Selma-Dallas County area and is looking for community-minded applicants to help begin the next decade for the community organization. Applications can be found at the Selma-Dallas County Centre for Commerce.

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“The class is for people who want to hone their leadership skills a little bit, learn more about the community. The organization is also about volunteerism,” Leadership executive director Beth Wilson said.

Those selected for the Leadership Selma-Dallas County Class XXI will be requested to attend a retreat in August, where the group should bond and learn to work as a team.

The class requires a $525 fee, which will cover retreats, workshops and other activities.

Starting in September, the class will be required to conduct monthly sessions addressing different topics, building leadership skills and more as part of their standard leadership duties.

Wilson said the organization brings benefits to both company employees and the general public. She said business leaders like to have one of their employees involved in a program allowing them to make important connections, while others profit from the exposure to cultural diversity.

“The community believes in the program, and the businesses like what they see in their employees when they complete the program,” Wilson said.

Courtney Washington, who has been a part of the both the adult and youth leadership programs said they helped strengthen her leadership skills, giving her the tools to be a successful business owner and earn employment with Concordia College Alabama.

“She has done quite well,” Wilson said.

Steven South, who works at First Cahawba Bank, is a member of the current class, Class XX, joined the class at the request of his employer.

“It’s been a good experience for me just getting to know new people in the business community and getting a more in-depth view of some of what our local industries and business have to offer,” South said.

For more information on getting an application, contact the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce at 334-875-8365 or visit the Chamber, which is located at the corner of Selma Avenue and Lauderdale Street.