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To bolster the pool of growth-minded leaders who encourage pro-business decision making and promote collaboration across the region.
To create development opportunities and programming that increases exposure of The Shoals comprehensive culture by constructing programming that demonstrates the region’s commitment to culture, quality of life, economic development, entrepreneurship, and growth.
“Our core values are CLEAR.”
·      LEARN
·      EMPOWER
·      ADVANCE
·      RESPECT
Selection of class participants will highlight these main areas of focus:
  • a sincere commitment, motivation, and interest to live, work, and serve The Shoals; 
  • an interest in education of regional growth and development;
  • an interest or intention to seek public office, serve on volunteer boards, or engage in community leadership roles;
  • a desire to advance in a career field or organization that serves The Shoals;
  • a recognition of the diversity that exists in The Shoals and a willingness to create bridges and not barriers.
Class participants will represent different industries, cultures, and organizations, and applicants will be reviewed by a committee to ensure least amount of unconscious bias possible. To accomplish this expectation, please provide answers to the best of your ability, comprehension, and honesty. 

NOTE:  Spouses will not be accepted into the same class but are encouraged to apply in alternate years.


-  August 8, 2023: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM / 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

          Orientation – Introduction to Leadership Shoals & Social

-   *September 5 & 6, 2023 - OVERNIGHT

          Leadership Conference & Retreat
          *This session is mandatory for graduation.
-  October 3, 2023: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

          Get To Know The Shoals / Networking

-  November 7, 2023: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

          Leadership Intensive 
          *This session is mandatory for graduation

-  January 9, 2024: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

         Poverty Simulation

-  December, flexible timeframe 

         Small Group Projects, TBD

-  February 6, 2024: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

           Leadership Intensive 
          *This session is mandatory for graduation

-  March 5 & 6, 2024

          Montgomery, Ala. - State Government
          *This session is mandatory for graduation

-  April 2, 2024: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

        Get To Know The Shoals

-  May 7, 2024: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

           Graduation Dinner

Actual times may fluctuate slightly.  Activities / topics of non-mandatory sessions may change.  

Additional Requirements for Graduation:
·      Mentor / Mentee Relationship with EMERGE Participant
·      Attendance at a Shoals Chamber Signature Event
·      Law Enforcement Ride-Along
These are to be completed on one’s own time or according to the availability set by the Chamber.

Graduates of Leadership Shoals are expected to attend all sessions as listed in the Schedule of Sessions.

Mandatory activities include
  - Overnight Leadership Conference & Retreat
  - Two Leadership Intensives
  - Montgomery, AL - State Government Trip

Additional Requirements:
  - mentor an EMERGE program participant
  - attend a Shoals Chamber signature event
  - participate in a law enforcement ride-along

We realize that unforeseen emergencies arise, as well as the necessity of current COVID-19 protocols. You will be allowed to miss one full NON-mandatory day and still graduate with your class.  Please notify the Program Coordinator prior to any absence.   

If a participant is not eligible to graduate due to absences, the participant will have one year to make up the missed session(s) and graduate with that year's class. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to find out the date(s) & time(s) for any make-up sessions.

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* 1. I am committed to attending ALL SESSIONS.

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