For one day a month over a 10-month “course”, class members join with fellow servant-leaders-in-training to learn and experience vital aspects of the Bedford County Community. Leadership Bedford County members foster relationships with classmates, class participants, and community leaders – all influential in their areas of expertise. They learn more about Bedford County’s historic successes and future challenges. They gain an appreciation for the cultural, business, educational, political and social elements that make Bedford County such a dynamic community.
The Leadership program also helps participants to discover where their skills and interests can be best put to use to effect positive change in the community. They explore the concept of servant leadership – what it means to be entrusted, in part, with the future health and prosperity of Bedford County. Each Leadership class is given a special challenge: to create a project to benefit their community. Past projects have been fundraisers for local non-profit agencies, river clean-up, trail building, and more. The possibilities are limited only by the creativity and commitment of each class.
Graduates of the Leadership Bedford County program are among the best of the best in our region. Not only are they consummate professionals, they are servant leaders committed to bettering the world around them. The Leadership program helps participants be the best that they can be; they, in turn, give their best to their businesses, volunteer organizations, family and friends.
The Chamber Foundation is proud to have graduated more than 150 leaders through this program, which recently celebrated its 10th graduation.