Leadership Bartow was established in 1984 to enhance the civic participation of emerging leaders within the Greater Bartow Area.
Every two years, Leadership Bartow selects the best and brightest individuals in the Bartow area to participate in the two-year program oriented to developing leadership skills, fostering understanding of the major issues facing the Bartow area, improving the communications network among leaders of disparate backgrounds and interests and, most importantly, motivating them to contribute through voluntary participation in civic activities.
Since its inception more than 450 LEADERSHIP BARTOW CLASS MEMBERS have graduated, acquiring the skills, knowledge and passion necessary to participate fully in the life of our community. Moreover, the program has brought together individuals ranging from corporate executives and entrepreneurs, to educators, non-profit managers and public servants. These individuals have created lasting networks that have proved essential to creating a vital, positive community for current and future generations. Leadership Bartow continues to be a vital part of the overall effort to ensure that the pool of talent from which the community can draw its future leaders continues to be renewed.
The founders of Leadership Bartow shared at least two things in common. First, they understood that the future of Bartow was closely tied to the commitment and expertise of its next generation of leaders. Second, they wanted to ensure that the quality of responses made by future leaders to a wide array of complex social and economic issues in the Greater Bartow Area would be vigorous, well-informed and responsible. Those who have followed them share their commitment and look forward to guiding Leadership Bartow’s strategic direction.
Leadership Bartow targets individuals:
In addition to gaining an awareness and understanding of the issues and challenges facing the region, participants in Leadership Bartow can:
To graduate from Leadership Bartow, class members are expected to attend all of the sessions. However, a credit system allows class members some flexibility for unexpected occurrences. Class members must have a minimum of eleven (11) credits at the end of the two-year curriculum in order to graduate from their class. At least six (6) credits must be earned in the first year, and five (5) credits must be earned in the second year. The first-year retreat (September 8, 9, 2016) and the second-year retreat (September 21, 22, 2017) are mandatory, as is the class graduation (May 17, 2018). Sessions normally run from about 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Class members are expected to travel with the group, not in their own vehicles (unless it is a carpool-designated day).
Socials and volunteer opportunities may count as credit, and may be used toward graduation requirements (must be approved by the Leadership chairperson). Class members not earning enough credits to graduate may utilize the make-up policy and may remain in the class, although not graduate from the class in the Spring of the second year. If a class member begins the program and does not finish or graduate, no refund of tuition is granted.
If a class member does not earn enough credits within the two-year curriculum to graduate with the class, he or she will be given the option of making up the same classes (or similar classes if the topics have changed) with the next group. When enough credits are earned to total the eleven (11) needed for graduation, the class member will earn alumni status. Participants not earning eleven (11) credits will not be eligible to take part in any of the scheduled graduation exercises. Only when enough missed classes are made up for the class member to meet the required credits will the participant be considered a “graduate” of their original class.
Tuition and Application for Next Leadership Class
The tuition for Leadership Bartow is $1,990.00. The tuition may be paid in two installments of $995.00 due August 15 prior to the start of year one and year two. Tuition for Leadership Bartow covers the majority of costs relating to the progam.Costs not covered by tuition include:
A limited number of partial scholarships are available for each class year for participants who are unable to finance the cost of the program through their employer or through personal resources. Scholarship applications do not impact the selection process. A partial Leadership XVII Scholarship may be available.
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