PEKIN AREA chamber of commerce

R. David Tebben
Community Leadership Academy

Alumni | Committee | 2017 Schedule
2017 Leadership Academy Application

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce announces the 19th annual R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy for future leaders in the Pekin Area.  The mission of the Academy is “To identify, inform and educate existing and emerging leaders of the local community, and to motivate them toward leadership responsibilities by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of the local community.”  Features of this year’s Academy include: 

· Thought-provoking discussions led by Pekin leaders
· Informative field trip and tours
· Networking opportunities

Here's why employers keep sending their employees...

  The leadership academy has been a very positive experience for our family and staff.  Not only have the classes and tours provided an interesting behind the scenes look at the major businesses and community organizations in Pekin, but our leadership academy involvement has been a catalyst to involving our staff in community projects and concerns.  With many new friendships made along the way, it’s a win/win for both the employee and the employer.       
D. Neale “Buster” Hanley—Director Preston Hanley-Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLC

Here's what recent graduates said about their experience…
I can’t even express to you how much I enjoyed this program!  I was very hesitant about it at first and just kept thinking “What did I get myself into?”  Well, I’ll tell you what I got myself into… new friends, a deeper sense of community, a better understanding of the politics and how the city works!
Lissa Cox, Class of 2014, IPMR-Pekin

The Leadership Academy was a WOW experience for me. I came into the class because I was sent by my boss but what an experience.  I have lived in and around Pekin all my life and had no idea how much civic involvement from volunteers to business leaders we have in our community.  The contacts   and friends I made thru the course have a direct positive affect on my business to this day.
Lora S Jacobs RN, Class of 2013, Pekin Hospital HHC

I would highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to further understand our community and its issues and challenges and the important role of leadership and participation to the continued well-being of the community.
D. Earl Riley, Class of 2013, First Pekin Savings Bank

Quotes about Leadership Academy from the 2015 Graduating class:
“It’s given me a much greater understanding of what goes on in Pekin.”
“It’s great to know people who are Owners, Directors and Leaders in their field. I hope
to interact both personally and professionally with many of these folks in the future.”
“(Leadership Academy has) ...jumpstarted my involvement in the community.”
“I would encourage anyone to become involved in this leadership academy. …This
program opens avenues that you may not have known existed.”

The Academy will be held for 10 weeks, usually on Tuesday
& Thursday mornings from 7am til 9 am and runs January 12th through March 23rd
Academy registration fee is $400 ($300 for chamber members).
Call the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 346-2106 for an application.
Enrollment is limited to 24 participants. 


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