Leadership Boise has, and continues to seek, the best, brightest, most energetic and interested participants. As one of the oldest Chamber-sponsored leadership programs in the United States, Leadership Boise has graduated more than 1,400 civic leaders since its inception in 1975.
The purpose of Leadership Boise is to identify these new and potential leaders and to offer a comprehensive program that will:
Enhance and develop knowledge and understanding of our community, its complexities and its potential.
Motivate and encourage participants to assume leadership roles in the community.
Provide an opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with each other and with current community leaders.
Through monthly day-long sessions, participants receive an intensive examination of the Boise area, how it has developed and how it works. New perspectives for creative leadership are developed with the goal of giving participants the foundation needed to expand their leadership roles in the community.
The sessions from August through May cover:
August - Opening Retreat
September - Quality of Life & Annual Golf Scramble
October - Government
November - Infrastructure & Environment
December - Education
January - Legal Social & Chamber Day at the Legislature
February - Business
March - Healthcare
April - Media & Community Service Project
May - Grand Finale
Class size is limited and the application process is competitive. Each year, up to 54 participants are selected to join this distinguished program. Please check with your company to see if an internal process exists for selecting a candidate. Participants and their organizations must be willing to commit one day of each month to the program. Those selected will participate in all aspects of the two-year program: attending required sessions the first year and planning Leadership Boise and Leadership Boise Academy
sessions in year two. The second year of the program is the most time-intensive due to planning meetings for upcoming sessions.
The Application Process
The application process begins every year in February. Participant selection is made on the basis of a written application and a personal interview. Applications and additional information are available at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce; contact Erin Cave at email@example.com or 208.472.5258.
What Will it Cost to Invest in Boise?
Tuition for Leadership Boise is $1,850, payable upon acceptance into the class. Partial scholarships may be available for non-profits and small businesses with fewer than six employees. A letter requesting tuition assistance should accompany the application.
Leadership Boise Alumni Association
The first official LB Alumni Association is finally in the works! As part of their class service project, the 2010-2011 class is working to launch this highly anticipated "next-step" portion of the program. A series of focus groups—comprised of current LB members as well as Alumni—have been conducted, and with the help of a task force, a summary report of information and recommendations has been created.
Click here to view this report!
2013 Community Leadership Awards
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 the Leadership Boise Alumni Association recognized four individuals and one nonprofit organization as recipients of the 2013 Community Leadership Awards. These five recipients were recognized for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the Boise Valley community in the categories of Distinguished Alumni Award, Nonprofit Excellence Award, Social Responsibility Award, Legacy of Leadership Award, and Economic Impact Award.
The winners are as follows:
Distinguished Alumni Award - Brad Wiskirchen, Keynetics
Nonprofit Excellence Award - Treasure Valley Family YMCA
Social Responsibility Award - Brian Cronin, Strategies 360
Economic Impact Award - Dave Terrell, Washington Trust Bank
Legacy of Leadership Award - Ed Zimmer, Retired CEO, Ecco Group; Associate Director, Venture College at Boise State University
Give Us Your Personal Recommendations
You know the leaders in your organization. We hope you will identify, nominate and sponsor someone you believe would find this a valuable opportunity to become better prepared for leadership roles in the community. Please contact Carrie Westergard at 208.472.5212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.