Marion Area Leadership Program was
initiated in 1991 by a group of citizens concerned about the lack of new leadership in the
As Marion continued to grow and develop, it was felt that there would be a need
for a continuous pool of individuals to fill diverse leadership needs throughout
the community. Since it's inception, over four hundred individuals have participated in the Marion Area
Leadership Program. Each of these individuals was sponsored by an organization in the
community, typically the individuals' own employer. The diverse list of sponsors include
businesses, industries, educational institutions, health care providers, social service
agencies, and government entities.
Area Leadership Program participants attend nine sessions beginning in September and continuing with day-long sessions each month through May.
During this time, they have the opportunity to develop and implement new leadership skills
as well as learn about the community of Marion. Community topics include local history,
educational issues, governmental structures, social service needs, economic development, EnVISIONing the 21st Century activities and health care. Participants not only learn about these areas, but
also have the opportunity to explore leadership possibilities and
involvement. Presentations to the class are supplemented by tours and site visits. By the end of the program, participants have learned more
they ever imagined they could about their community. Also, many
of the skills which have been developed carry over into the participants'
work and personal lives.
It is the
mission of Leadership Marion! to invite high-potential candidates from
throughout the Marion area to join in a journey to better understand
Marion’s history, its current challenges and its future possibilities.
Together, they explore essential building blocks of our community – from
education, business and government to health care and social services.
Benefits of Program Participation
Benefits to the
development of leadership and management skills that are both personally and
insight into the county of Marion
preparation for rewarding and stimulating community leadership positions