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September 13, 2011 > Apply for Leadership Hayward Class

Apply for Leadership Hayward Class

Submitted By Kim Huggett

Applications are now being accepted for the 21st class of Leadership Hayward. The Leadership Hayward program develops future community leaders who are both knowledgeable about the greater Hayward area and concerned about its well-being and provides a unique opportunity for participants to increase their understanding of Hayward's complex social and economic issues.

Participants are exposed to the challenges facing Hayward's leaders and how they, as individuals, may respond. Participants are challenged to learn about and experience leadership by evaluating issues, leaders and solutions; challenging viewpoints; provoking thought; examining leadership styles; and understanding the process of consensus

We invite you to consider applying for this year's class or to pass this invitation along to someone who might be interested. It is a great investment in our community and your future.

Leadership Hayward begins with team building and features eight monthly, day-long sessions November through June. Participants take an active role in shaping the program's agenda. Each session focuses on a general topic, with specific subjects presented by experts in each field. Participants receive Continuing Education credit from California State University, East Bay.

Approximately 15-20 individuals participate in Leadership Hayward each year. They represent a cross-section of Hayward's diverse private and public sectors, cultures and age groups. Participants have included school teachers and college professors, police officers, firefighters, business persons, medical personnel, nonprofit organizations, Hayward city staff and many others. The knowledge they have gained has helped them in their neighborhoods, businesses and city governance. Four graduates currently sit on the Hayward City Council.

The selection criteria include evidence of commitment to Hayward's well-being and a commitment to attendance and active participation

Tuition for each participant is $800. The fee covers costs for meals and course materials. Fees may be paid by the individual, an employer or a sponsoring organization. Participants are encouraged to seek tuition assistance from civic and professional organizations.

A brief application form is available from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. Call for information at (510) 537-2424 or e-mail for assistance. The chamber is located at 22561 Main St., Hayward.

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