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August 13, 2013 > Leadership Hayward class applications offered

Leadership Hayward class applications offered

Submitted By Kim Huggett

Applications are now being accepted for the 23rd edition of Leadership Hayward. The program develops community leaders knowledgeable about the greater Hayward area and concerned about its well-being. Participants increase their understanding of Hayward's complex social and economic issues. They are exposed to the challenges facing Hayward's leaders and how they, as individuals, may respond.

Leadership Hayward features eight monthly, one-day sessions from November through June. Each session will focus on a general topic presented by experts. Participants receive professional development credit from California State University, East Bay. The June graduation luncheon coincides with the mayor's State of the City address and is attended by local and state elected officials and other dignitaries.

About 20 individuals participate in Leadership Hayward each year and there have been 250 graduates. They represent a cross section of Hayward's diverse private and public sectors, cultures and age groups. Participants have included teachers, school principals, professors, police officers, firefighters, business persons, medical personnel, nonprofit staff, city employees, and many others. The knowledge they've gained has helped them in their neighborhoods, organizations, city governance, businesses and professional development.

Tuition for each participant is $800. This covers meals, materials and certification. 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. There may be partial scholarship assistance.

Obtain the brief application form from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce or download it at:

Call the chamber for information (510) 537-2424 or e-mail for assistance. Hayward Chamber of Commerce is located at: 22561 Main St., Hayward/

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