Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Kettering Leadership Academy will not be accepting applications for the 2020-2021 class.  As we take a pause from the Academy, we will use this time to expand community partnerships and explore opportunities to enhance the overall Kettering Leadership Academy experience.  We hope to begin taking applications for the 2021-2022 class in March of 2021.  For additional information about the Academy, please contact Volunteer Administrator, Mary Lou Randolph at marylou.randolph@ketteringoh.org or 937-296-2531. 

A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

MISSION STATEMENT

As a progressive city, we will seek to educate leaders from throughout the community. The Academy's principal goal is to create an active network of informed and concerned citizens that will influence the direction of Kettering and support the achievement of its goals and objectives. While working and learning together, participants will enhance their leadership skills, broaden their understanding of community issues and become a resource for leadership opportunities in Kettering.

The Kettering Leadership Academy, sponsored by the City of Kettering, has been created to equip citizens with important knowledge and skills needed to help lead a community. In a 9-month period, class members will learn through presentations, discussions, and direct experience about every major aspect of community life including public safety, city government, education / schools, community diversity, history, health care, business and service clubs / volunteering. Participants are selected based on their leadership potential and demonstrated commitment to the community. As a graduate of the program, you will help form a foundation of people who are uniquely qualified for the responsibilities of future community leadership.

OBJECTIVES

The program's principal goal is to build a resource of community leaders on a continuing basis. Kettering Leadership Academy has five specific objectives:

  • To identify, educate and develop potential community leaders;
  • To expand the leadership potential of participants;
  • To enhance quality of life in the community;
  • To provide a channel for individuals to gain access to leadership opportunities in an informed and responsible manner; and
  • To ensure that participants receive personal growth and satisfaction, as well as community recognition.

A maximum of 14 people will have the opportunity to participate in the Kettering Leadership Academy during the 9-month period. Participants are selected on their own merit by the Academy's board members. The admissions process consists of a written application and personal interview.

Each participant is required to attend at least six sessions and the opening retreat to be eligible to graduate. Class preparation will include reviewing reading materials and completing assignments.

THE PARTICIPANTS

Participants will be asked to participate in a community issue or complete a class project. The purpose is to provide an opportunity to participants to engage in the small group decision-making process that will help prepare them for future involvement in volunteer civic and community activities.

The class selection process seeks a cross-section of the community - men and women from different career, educational, political and cultural backgrounds.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to set and achieve goals, which is an indication of the applicant's motivation and leadership potential.

Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the community. This is achieved through past and current community involvement and interest in future involvement beyond the scope of the Kettering Leadership Academy.

Candidates must show potential to impact the community. This is based on the applicant's ability to offer leadership and resources to benefit the community; work with other community leaders; and provide initiative in critical areas.

The Kettering Leadership Academy consists of seven daily sessions and a mandatory two-day retreat. Each session is held at a different location within the community - a site pertinent to the class topic. The class format consists of discussion of information and issues related to the topic, and a leadership exercise.

 

THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

The 2020-2021 Kettering Leadership Academy consists of an opening retreat and seven classes (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.). The dates are scheduled as follows:

2020

September 13-14............Retreat (mandatory)

October 8.........................................Government

November 12.............................................Education

2021

January 14............................................Health Care

February 11............Service Clubs/Volunteering

March 11...............................................Public Safety

April 8.....Community Organizations/History

May 13..........Business Community/Graduation

Tuition for the program is $650 per participant. Tuition can be paid by the participant's employer or sponsoring organization.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Pam Cochran, Former Property Manager, Town & Country Shopping Center

Mark Hufnagle, Manager, Client Contact Center Operations, Mast Global

Scott Inskeep, Superintendent, Kettering City Schools

Joe Nicosia, Chief Learning Officer, Kettering Health Network

Walter Osborne, Controller, Wilmerhale

Christopher Protsman, Chief of Police, City of Kettering

Terry Schalnat, Former Executive Director, We Care Arts

ADVISORY STAFF

Bruce Duke, Councilmember, City of Kettering

Mary Lou Randolph, Volunteer Administrator, City of Kettering

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