- Jul 15, 2016
Applications for Leadership Northbrook, an eight session program that offers a comprehensive, firsthand look at the inner workings of Northbrook, are now being accepted. 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 of Northbrook 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 continue 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 Village Hall, 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 draws on real world examples and is presented in a manner that is conducive to adult learning. Topics covered in the Leadership program include an understanding of Northbrook’s rich history, an overview 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 includes a teamwork exercise at 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 is a great primer for a new employee at a Northbrook business trying to get up to speed about how the community operates. “I have worked in a fair number of libraries and, at each library, I learned about the community,” comments Library Director Kate Hall. “Each time, it took me months or even years to truly understand the needs of the community because I was piecing it together on my own. Leadership Northbrook presented me with everything I wanted to know in a matter of months.”
Long time residents as well appreciate the class as an opportunity to gain a better in-depth understanding of all the community resources. “One of the things I really appreciated about Leadership Northbrook was the opportunity to meet the many dedicated people who make our community successful,” comments attorney Julie Lerman, Franklin Law Firm. “Although I have lived in Northbrook for 25 years, through Leadership Northbrook I was able to meet civic leaders like the Fire Chief, as well as many members of the business community. As a result, I feel an even greater connection to Northbrook.”