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August 26, 2014 > Apply for Leadership Hayward

Apply for Leadership Hayward

Submitted By the Hayward Chamber of Commerce

Applications are now being accepted for the 25th annual class of Leadership Hayward, to begin this November. With 276 graduates since 1991, this accredited program develops leaders knowledgeable about the greater Hayward area and prepared to address complex social and economic issues.

The program is particularly valuable to representatives of the business community, who learn about Hayward's economic development to enhance their own professional growth and that of their business. It's a great investment in our community and your future!

Leadership Hayward features eight monthly, one-day sessions from November through June. Each session will focus on a general topic presented by experts. Topics include team building, heritage and cultural awareness, economic and public policy, community design and transportation, health and human services, education, arts and recreation, public safety and disaster preparedness, and public facilities.

Participants receive professional development credit from the Continuing and International Education Division of 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 each year representing a cross section of Hayward's diverse private and public sectors, cultures and age groups. Participants have included bankers, retailers, restauranteurs, teachers, professors, police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, nonprofit staff, city employees, and a host of business persons. The selection criteria includes a commitment to Hayward's well-being, to regular attendance, and active participation.

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 You may call the chamber for information at (510) 537-2424 or e-mail for assistance.

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