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Leadership Pierre 2021-2022 Application

Leadership Pierre is a comprehensive program for current and emerging leaders to analyze characteristics associated with leadership, develop individual skills, and gather awareness of trends, challenges and issues that face Hughes & Stanley County. Leadership Pierre seeks a diverse group of participants of varying interests and styles across a broad spectrum of achievement from the area.

Leadership Pierre is an educational program intended for Pierre area citizens who have an interest in their communities, their leaders and institutions, and/or specific leadership opportunities. During the nine-month program, participants will hear from area experts, tour places which make our community unique, participate in thought-provoking discussion and learn how and why decisions are made... All with the goal of shaping tomorrow's leaders.

Leadership Pierre will select up to 15 area people who live or work in Hughes or Stanley County. Individuals not selected as one of the 15 participants will be added to a waitlist.
Application Fee
A $25 nonrefundable application fee is due with the application by Friday, July 16, 2021. Checks can be made payable to the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.
Tuition
Tuition for Chamber members is $500 and for non-members $650. If selected for the program, you will be notified by August 6, 2021, and the tuition is due by August 20, 2021. For final acceptance as a Leadership Pierre participant, the tuition fee (for program coordination, meeting rooms, luncheons, material, speakers, break refreshments and graduation) must be paid in full by Friday, August 20, 2021. Checks can be made payable to the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.
Refund Policy
If, for any reason, a registered participant must withdraw from the program, the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will need notice in writing four weeks prior to the program start date. With proper notification, we will make every reasonable effort to fill the slot with another participant and refund the withdrawing member's tuition. If the slot is not filled, no refund will be issues.
You can also request a hard copy of the application from the Chamber and physically submit your resume. All responses will be scored by the selection committee and participation will be limited to 15 individuals.
Please list organizations you are or were involved in (community, civic, religious, business/professional)
Commitment and Class Schedule
To receive a certificate of completion from Leadership Pierre 2021-22, participants are expected to attend all session in their entirety, kick-off, graduation and at least one community involvement opportunity during the 2021-22 Leadership program. Exceptions to this commitment will be determined by the Class President who is elected by the class. Sessions, including lunch, will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates. Enhancement sessions may be planned to provide additional experience for that session, and you will be notified well in advance of any adjustments. Commitment for Leadership Pierre includes the class taking the lead in planning and executing sessions for the following year as the Steering Team. Locations along with parking and transportation instructions will be provided a few weeks prior to the start:
Leadership Pierre Kickoff
Tuesday, August 31 (5:00 - 9:00 pm)
Session One, Business & Professional Development
Thursday, September 2
Session Two, Education
Thursday, October 14
Session Three, Local & State Government
Thursday, November 4
Session Four, Community Services
Thursday, December 2
Session Five, Healthcare
Thursday, January 13
Session Six, Law Enforcement & Emergency Management
Thursday, February 3
Session Seven, Tourism & Culture
Thursday, March 3
Session Eight, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Thursday, April 14
Session Nine, Arts & Media
Thursday, May 12
Leadership Pierre Graduation Ceremony & Alumni Celebration
Tuesday, May 17 (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
Applicant's Statement:
I understand the purposes of Leadership Pierre, and if I am selected, I will devote the time and resources necessary to complete the program. Even though emergencies do arise, I understand that if I miss more than one of these sessions, I am not eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion or a refund of tuition.
Applicant signature
I understand the purpose of Leadership Pierre, and if I am selected, I will devote the time and resources necessary to complete the program. Even though emergencies do arise, I understand that if I miss more than one of these sessions, I am not eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion or a refund of tuition.
This applicant has our complete support, including the days away from work (above) required to participate in the program and the tuition payment that we have agreed to as noted above.
Return hard copy applications to the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce
800 W. Dakota Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. Contact the Chamber via phone (605) 224.7361 or email contactchamber@pierre.org with questions.
Final Application Deadline: July 16, 2021
Applicants will be notified by August 6, 2021 of acceptance.