The Valparaiso Chamber Leadership Academy graduated its 10th class, strengthening its collaboration with Purdue Extension. Sixteen participants completed the program this year, which included 40 hours of class time on topics such as conflict management, interpersonal communication and economic development, as well as tours, networking opportunities and guest speakers.
Purdue Extension’s Kris Parker was part of the initial team that created the Leadership Academy in 2006 and returned last year to serve as the facilitator of the program. She helped merge the strengths of the existing program with renewed focus on skill development and experiential learning opportunities offered by Purdue’s new Community Leadership Program curriculum. Helping lead sessions this year were Purdue Extension’s George Okantey, Steve Yoder, Mary Foell, Samm Johnson and Tamara Ogle.
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