- Jul 17, 2019
The Chamber is now accepting applications for its 2019-20 Leadership Northbrook class. Beginning in September, participants in this eight-session monthly program will have the unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the Village through presentations by community leaders and exclusive tours of local businesses and facilities.
Now in its 33rd year, Leadership Northbrook is intended to inspire civic engagement by expanding knowledge of the community’s great resources. Participants also gain perspective on the plans and challenges for the Village’s future and are encouraged to become involved in public service, volunteer activities, and other civic endeavors.
The class will include 20 members who have a variety of connections to Northbrook, including residents, public employees, and individuals working at private companies within the Village. Graduates of the program have gone on to positions of leadership on Village Commissions, school boards, and other civic and non-profit organizations.
The program runs in half-day sessions on the second Friday of the month, September through April. Each month starts at a different significant location, with tours led by administrators and executives who offer their insights on how their organizations contribute to Northbrook’s success. The class will have access to landmark public spaces including the Village Hall, Historical Society, Techny Towers, Glenbrook North High School, and Glenbrook Hospital. Participants will also learn about the impact of major companies on the health of the Village, with visits to businesses like UL, Bernhard Woodwork, and Highland Baking.
“Leadership Northbrook helped me gain a deeper understanding of the many ways our local institutions support a thriving business environment as well as a safe and vital community,” shares 2018 participant Judy Maritato, Research Dynamics. “Getting a behind-the-scenes view of the police and fire departments, the park district and the library increased my appreciation for these publicly funded treasures. Hearing local business leaders talk about plans for their companies was inspiring.”
Local organizations frequently sponsor new employees in Leadership to help them gain in-depth knowledge of the community and build connections. For example, the Northbrook Police Department has sent officers to participate annually.
2019-20 Leadership Application“I had the pleasure of participating in Leadership’s 2010 class, and the experience left a lasting impression on me,” recalls Northbrook Police Chief Roger Adkins. “It’s a unique way for our staff to interact with the public in a personal, informal way. It also introduces officers to the wide range of organizations that support the greater community.”
Spaces in Leadership Northbrook fill quickly every year. To apply, see the link to the left or call the Chamber at (847) 498-5555.