Leadership Paducah is a leadership development program coordinated by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Established in 1984, the participants selected for 2017-18 will become Class #31. The program is directed towards individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities and exposes them to a variety of topics and issues to better understand our community. It is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues.
From applications submitted, approximately 30 individuals are chosen each year to participate. The program kicks off with a retreat in August and monthly sessions continue through May. A graduation ceremony is held at the Chamber’s Power in Partnership Breakfast in June. During the monthly sessions the participants study the community through tours and presentations. Leadership enrichment programs are incorporated in the classes.
Each year as a way to give back to the community, the class selects a community project to benefit a Chamber member non-profit organization.
Patrick Whalen of Leadership Class #29 presents a check to Jessie Meiser of Easter Seals West Kentucky.
Mary Foley with Merryman House thanks Leadership Paducah Class #28 after receiving the funds raised from their class project.
Leadership Paducah Class #27 members Kim Beanland & Jim Dudley (left & center) present the funds raised from their class project to Judy McKeel from Child Watch for their CASA program.
Matt Snow (right) with Leadership Paducah Class #26 presents the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club with the funds from their class project.
The Leadership Paducah experience does not end at graduation.
Graduates of the Leadership Paducah program are encouraged to join the Leadership Paducah Foundation, Inc. (LPF). LPF is a nonprofit organization committed to providing a forum to introduce current and future leaders to the qualities, attributes, and challenges of the Paducah/McCracken County area. The LPF provides an informational network and a mechanism for maintaining contact that includes a web site membership directory and semi-annual newsletter.
The annual dues are $35 and this includes a registration for the LPF Annual Meeting held each July.
Each year the LPF presents the annual “Outstanding Leadership Paducah Alum Award” at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in January. The Board Members also coordinate the Youth L.E.A.D. program and sponsor the national Leadercast simulcast program in May.
For more information, visit www.leadershippaducah.org