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Be a leader in your community

The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program, now embarking on its seventh year, is accepting applications for the 2010 program. This program creates an opportunity for potential leaders to broaden their understanding of the region and its issues, challenges and opportunities, while developing and honing their leadership skills.

Since 2003, the program has graduated more than 150 individuals. These alumni are now challenging themselves, serving their employers and our community in active community-building efforts.

New this year, the workshops will be led by Shannon Beets, the Dean of Education and Associate Provost at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. Each workshop is integrated with one-half of the time spent on regional issues such as special districts, planning, and non-profit advocacy; and one-half on leadership skill development such as collaboration, team basics and negotiation.

The program begins in January and ends with a May graduation. The program consists of five sessions, and two optional days where participants will be and#8220;out in the fieldand#8221; getting a close-up view of issues and challenges facing our community and how agencies work.

and#8220;The quality of leadership in any community is not to be taken for granted. New leaders must be trained, educated and informed,and#8221; says Lynn Saunders, president/CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber.

and#8220;The producers of this program have made a commitment to the future and the leadership that is needed to meet the demands of our region,and#8221; added Cheri Sprenger, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association.

According to Kym Fabel, manager of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber, businesses can support the program by sending an employee to participate or becoming a sponsor. and#8220;Businesses benefit from their involvement by developing well rounded and newly energized employees and ensuring a continuity of leaders eager and able to improve and sustain our region,and#8221; Fabel said.

The tuition fee is $750; some partial scholarships will be available. Visit http://www.TahoeTruckeeLeadership.com. Deadline for applications is Nov. 30. Space is limited.

For more information, contact: Lynn Saunders, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, 587-8808 or e-mail lynn@truckee.com; Cheri Sprenger, North Tahoe Business Association, 546-9000 or e-mail cheri@ntbamainstreet.org or Kym Fabel, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, 581-8764 or e-mail kym@puretahoenorth.com.

The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program is a collaborative project of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the North Tahoe Business Association, in conjunction with Sierra Nevada College, a private four-year educational institution with campuses in Incline Village and Las Vegas, Nev.