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Leadership Oak Ridge Class of 2013

11/8/2012

Applications for the 2013 class of Leadership Oak Ridge are now being accepted. The program is an activity of the Oak Ridge Center for Leadership & Community Development, an affiliated organization of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

The mission of Leadership Oak Ridge is to inform current, potential and emerging leaders about Oak Ridge and its issues, and provide them leadership skills development in order to empower them to identify and implement solutions to those community issues.

Leadership Oak Ridge is conducted over a ten month period and is focused on a variety of issue-based topics. Participants actively engage in the planning of the sessions with input, advice and guidance from one another and from engaged community leaders. Among the session topics are: Oak Ridge Economics 101; Education; Quality of Life; Social Services; Leadership Development; and Oak Ridge Orientation. In addition, there will be two overnight trips. The first trip will be to Nashville in April while the Tennessee General Assembly is in session. The second trip is a two day/one night retreat in September. A graduation will be held for the participants in November.

Greta Ownby, Executive Vice President of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce noted, "Class members, as part of Leadership Oak Ridge, are challenged to identify a need in the community and develop a class project centered on that need. Graduates of previous classes tell us this experience is one of the most rewarding aspects of the program."

Leadership Oak Ridge has full-day sessions approximately once a month. Additional out of session time provides for team building and leadership skills development as the participants implement their class project.

Parker Hardy, President of the Oak Ridge Chamber commented, "Leadership Oak Ridge is truly a training ground for leaders. It allows individuals to develop leadership skills and channels those skills into making a difference in Oak Ridge. We are proud of the previous classes and their accomplishments and look forward to a new class of leaders in 2013."

Applications for the program, set to kickoff in February 2013, are available on the Leadership Oak Ridge website accessed through the Chamber's site at www.oakridgechamber.org and at the Chamber office, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Leadership Oak Ridge can also be found on Facebook and the application can be accessed there as well. The program fee is $1,200 per person which includes the two overnight trips, meals and session costs. A limited number of scholarships may be available. For more information, please contact the Chamber or email leadershipoakridge@orcc.org. Click here for a nomination form and to view the schedule.

Graduates of the 2012 Leadership Oak Ridge class are Donna Bass, Y-12 Federal Credit Union; Jeremy Benton, B&W Y-12; Debi Boody, Oak Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau; Georgia Brownfield, Emory Valley Center; Ann Bryant Weaver, UT-Battelle/ORNL; Karen Crutchfield, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC; John Dolynchuk, Tetra Tech; Sabrina Hampton, B&W Y-12; Yvonne Hart, A Focused Purpose Life; Crystal Hicks, Emory Valley Center; Kevin Hoyt, UT Institute of Agriculture; John Huppmann, ORAU; Marsha Hutchison, Y-12 Federal Credit Union; Crystal Lawson, Mountain National Bank; Athanasia Lewis, City of Oak Ridge; Connie Martin, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge; Renee McGhee, B&W Y-12; Darren Osborne, ORNL Federal Credit Union; Linda Pappas, Y-12 Federal Credit Union; Barbara Penland, UT-Battelle/ORNL; Jennifer Pettyjohn, United Way of Anderson County; Michelle Powell, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association; Joe Pratt, Enrichment Federal Credit Union;
Cecilia Rowe, UT-Battelle; Paige Russell, U.S. Department of Energy; Pat Timbes, UCOR; Adria Tutton Landmesser, Congressman Fleischmann's Office; and Marlene Witt, City of Oak Ridge.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the ACCE 2010 Chamber of the Year designation and a Four-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce.

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