Leadership Development

      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, almost 400 individuals have completed the Leadership Bartow program, 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.

Goals

  • To identify and educate potential, emerging and existing community leaders.
  • To promote networking among the membership.
  • To identify community needs and to promote and facilitate community projects.
  • To provide a resource pool for the benefit of the community.


Selection

 Leadership Bartow targets individuals:

  • With a sincere commitment, motivation and interest to serve in the community;
  • Who have demonstrated commitment by past community activities;
  • Who are interested in seeking, or intending to seek public office, boards, commissions, or key volunteer roles;
  • With potential opportunities for advancement to top leadership positions within their organizations;
  • With the commitment to remain in the Greater Bartow area or are not likely to be transferred in the immediate future;
  • Representing all segments of the community;
  • With demonstrated leadership qualities or potential for development of those qualities;
  • That represent geographic, occupational, gender, ethnic and other diversity.

Benefits

      In addition to gaining an awareness and understanding of the issues and challenges facing the region, participants in Leadership Bartow can:

  • Refine their personal and public leadership style and skills;
  • Develop diverse contacts and an excellent communication network;
  • Receive recognition for themselves and their organizations for their voluntary civic activities;
  • Access better opportunities for taking an active role in addressing community needs.

Attendance Policy

      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 and the second-year Clearwater retreat are mandatory, as are the class summit/graduation on May 12, 2016. 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. 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.

Make-Up Policy:

      If a class member does not earn enough credits within the two-year curriculum to graduate with the class, they 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 the 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:
  • Private rooms requested by students during overnight stays (private rooms are available for an additional fee)
  • Some meals during the Tallahassee Day
  • The entire Washington D.C. trip (approx. $1000.00)
  • Several lunches during various days
  • Incidentals, tips, gratuities.

For an electronic application for Leadership XVI, click here. A PDF of the application for Leadership XVI is here. To obtain additional information, pleast contact Shannon Medley, Leadership Bartow Program Chairperson at 863-534-7160 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bartow Chamber Executive Director at 863-533-7125.

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. For an electronic application for a partial Leadership XVI Scholarship, click here. The PDF version can be found here.

Other Leadership Programs and Expansions

ENGAGE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
  • Networking morning coffee breaks
  • "Lunch and Learn" events
  • Professional development luncheon series
  • After hours social gatherings

LEADERSHIP BARTOW ALUMNI FOCUS
  • Educational programs and trips
  • Fundraisers to benefit the Leadership Bartow program

EXPANDED LEADERSHIP BARTOW PROGRAM
  • New curriculum components including: Quality of Life, Retail / Manufacturing, a "Class Summit" for critiqueing the program, and enhanced leadership training.

For a PDF of this information, including a schedule of the first year class days, click here.

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INVESTING IN THE SUCCESS OF THEIR COMMUNITY . . . the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the following businesses for their annual pledge of support to help make our community a better place to live, work and operate businesses.
Chairmen Level - $10,000 Partner

A-C-T
Taste of the Chamber, Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITY OF BARTOW

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals, State of the City Address

MOSAIC

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Pig Out Bartow!, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

SPATH JEWELERS

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Chocolate Charms & Chamber Fun Thursday

 

President Level - $5,000 Partner

BARTOW FORD
 
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow 

 

COMMUNITY SOUTHERN BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

MADRID ENGINEERING GROUP, INC.
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

SEMCO CONSTRUCTION
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Executive Level - $2,500 Partner

BADCOCK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cu[p, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

BARTOW COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BOSWELL & DUNLAP, LLP
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Polk Politics, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITIZENS BANK & TRUST
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes

 

DMAR TECHNICAL TRAINING
Hometown Heroes

 

KELLEY BUICK GMC
Polk Politics, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow 

 

PARTY PEOPLE CELEBRATION COMPANY
Annual Meeting

 

SPHERION STAFFING
Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TD BANK
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP/RAM
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

WATSON CLINIC
Annual Meeting, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Leadership Bartow

 

Director Level - $1,000 Partner

AIR METHODS CORPORATION
Hometown Heroes

 

ASHLAND
Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Annual Meeting, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL OF MID FLORIDA
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

STINGRAY CHEVROLET BARTOW
Barn Boogie, Chamber Golf Scramble, Pig Out Bartow!, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival

 

TINDALE-OLIVER & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spirig of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Business Level - $500 Partner

BB&T
Barn Boogie, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BONEFISH GRILL
Chamber Golf Scramble

 

FLORIDA BLUE
Hometown Heroes

 

MOODY LAW
Fun Thursday

 

ORLANDO UTILITIES COMMISSION
Annual Meeting

 

MICHELL GITHENS STATE FARM INSURANCE
Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

THE VILLAGES AT LAUREL MEADOWS
Barn Boogie, Spirit of Bartow Awards

 

WHIDDEN-McLEAN FUNERAL HOME
Annual Meeting

 

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