- Jul 20, 2018
The Chamber’s Leadership Northbrook, an eight session program that offers a comprehensive, firsthand look at the inner workings of Northbrook, will be offered again starting this fall. The program features presentations from top level civic, business and government officials, along with private tours of some of the Village’s landmark businesses and community resources.
Modeled after a program begun in Atlanta over 45 years ago, Leadership Northbrook’s goal is to deepen the understanding of the resources and challenges facing the Village and the North Shore region, while establishing networks among emerging leaders.
The half day sessions are scheduled on the second Friday of each month starting next month (September) and continuing through April. The class kicks off with a driving tour of important Northbrook landmarks and is held at a different location each month, including the Historical Society, Village Hall, Techny Towers, Glenbrook North High School, and Glenbrook Hospital. Tours of prominent businesses are also on the agenda, including UL, Bernhard Woodwork, Northbrook Court and Highland Baking.
The class is limited to 20 participants and allows for learning and exchange in an informal setting. Topics covered in the Leadership program include an overview of Northbrook’s rich history, an explanation of municipal government, planning and zoning issues, opportunities and challenges of the Northbrook business climate; transportation highlights, educational resources, and life safety services. One of the most popular sessions is a visit to the Park District’s Teams Challenge Course at Meadowhill Park, which involves fun exercises that help participants get to know each other as well as identify leadership traits.
The class offers an in-depth view of Northbrook’s resources that often comes as a surprise to long-time residents. “I have lived in Northbrook half of my life and yet I learned so many interesting things through Leadership,” comments Tom Len, Tom Len Custom Homes. “The sessions kept me interested, engaged, and eagerly looking forward to the next session. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn a lot about Northbrook.”
The class is also a valuable resource to those who are new to the community, helping them make contacts. “As I was new to the area and working in Northbrook, Leadership was invaluable to me to begin to understand the community,” reflects Maggie Thomann, Northbrook Public Library. “I was amazed at the wealth of resources, vibrant businesses and active organizations that I learned about through the program. It was very helpful to meet others working in the schools, Park District, business community and Village. I have already been able to make connections that I hope will lead to further partnerships.”
“I found the program to be incredibly educational on the many things that happen to keep the Village running on a day-to-day basis,” comments Rob McElligott, Wood Oaks Jr. High. ” As a school principal, making connections with the leaders in the Village including Chamber President Tensley Garris, Police Chief Adkins, Fire Chief Carlson, Village board members and local business leaders was very beneficial. It is important for public schools to be a part of the community at large, and getting to know other leaders opens the door to many possible learning opportunities for our students.”
Many graduates of the program go on to serve in leadership roles in the community. “The Leadership program was a great experience and helped me learn about Northbrook’s best kept secret – the many successful businesses that support our community and tax base,” comments Ron Goldblatt, NorthShore Loyalty & Mobile Solutions. “On a personal note, the Leadership program has taken me to the next step in being involved with the community as I recently was appointed to the Industrial and Commercial Development Commission (ICDC).”
Leadership is open to anyone, whether a long-time Chamber member or a new employee at a business or an area resident. Northbrook residency is not required. To register, please refer to enclosed flyer, or call the Chamber office at (847)498-5555. A limited number of scholarships are available for not-for-profit organizations. Spaces fill up quickly every year so early sign-up is encouraged.