Chamber of Commerce hosts ‘Leadership Fairbanks’

Published: Sep. 9, 2023 at 12:28 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce will soon be hosting the twentieth annual ‘Leadership Fairbanks’ program.

Starting Wednesday, September 27, approximately 27 selected participants from the Fairbanks area will meet one day per month over the next nine months to learn essential leadership skills.

Jeremy Johnson, President and CEO of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, said the program is sure to be as successful this year as it has been in the past.

“What we hope to achieve this year is to really teach students some tangible skills and things they can take back to the workplace,” Johnson explained.

The course outline begins with taking the Clifton Strengths assessment, to help participants recognize their own strengths and weaknesses. They also intend to cover all the ingredients needed to create a high-performance team such as clear communication, performance coaching, and creating trust.

The Chamber hopes this program will not only provide students with networking opportunities, but enable them to shape the future of our community.

“The students will benefit, their employer will benefit, and then the community will benefit,” Johnson stated. “For example students that have taken the class often go on to hold positions of higher management in their organization, or to then have skills that make them better board members on nonprofit organizations they might participate in, or maybe consider civic office.”

Event organizers will select participants based on commitment to the community through current and past activities; passion for the people and future of the region; and willingness to commit the time and energy to complete the program.

The program will be headed by Peggy Jasperson and Brad Lobland and the Chamber of Commerce hopes to bring in multiple local leaders to speak. Registration will close on September 15.