Application must be completed by 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2020.
NOTE:  The app may time out if left unattended for an extended time and you may lose information already entered.
The most important factor in the selection process is identifying those individuals most apt to utilize their leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the Shoals community.

Selection will be based on these basic criteria:
  • a sincere commitment, motivation, and interest to serve in the Shoals  community
  • an interest in involvement and commitment to community activities
  • an interest or intention to seek public office, serve on boards or volunteer for key leadership roles
  • the potential or existing opportunity for advancement to top leadership positions within one's own organization, which in turn may play a significant role in the community
  • an occupational commitment to remain in the Shoals; unlikely to be transferred in the immediate future
  • a group of a diverse cross-section of participants representing business, government, community service organizations and individuals
You should attempt to address these criteria in answering the questions below.
Leadership Shoals 2020-21

SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS
Please MARK  YOUR  CALENDAR with these dates.

August 4, 2020Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Introduction to Leadership Shoals
 
September 15 - 16, 2020 *, Tuesday, 1 - 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Social 5 p.m. - until (optional) 
    Retreat
   * Mandatory attendance. If you miss any part of this
session, you will not graduate with the class. 

October 6, 2020, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    History of the Shoals

November 3, 2020, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Local Government

December 3, 2020, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Education in the Shoals

January 5, 2021 *, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Shoals Poverty Simulation
   * Mandatory attendance. If you miss any part of this session, you will not graduate with the class.
February 2, 2021Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Quality of Life / Cultural Affairs

March 9 & 10, 2021 * / **, Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. - Wednesday, 5 p.m.
    State Government, Montgomery
   * Mandatory attendance. If you miss any part of this session, you will not graduate with the class. 
   ** Due to the legislative agenda being set at the beginning of January, the dates for this session will be confirmed
        during the month of January; until then, these dates are tentative.


April 6, 2021, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Economic Development

May 4, 2021, Tuesday evening, dinner; time is TBD
    Graduation  

ADDITIONAL "ON-YOUR-OWN" REQUIREMENTS  FOR  GRADUATION:

1.  Attendance of one city or county commission meeting with a written summary.

2.  Ride with an on-duty police officer (minimum 4 hours) with a written summary.

APPLICATION

While your application is confidential, the information submitted by successful applicants may be used by Leadership Shoals in printed materials such as press releases.  Please provide sufficient information for Leadership Shoals to make a determination of your eligibility based on your skills, professional experience and community involvement.
PERSONAL  INFORMATION

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* 1. First Name

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* 2. Last Name

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* 3. Preferred Name

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* 4. Work E-mail

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* 5. Alternate E-mail

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* 6. At which e-mail do you prefer to receive communications regarding this class?

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* 7. Work Phone

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* 8. Cell Phone

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* 9. Home Address

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* 10. City

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* 11. Zip

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* 12. Date of Birth

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* 13. Gender

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* 14. Do you have any health or dietary issues of which we should be aware?

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* 15. Marital Status:

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* 16. Spouse's Name, if applicable:

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* 17. Children's names & ages, if applicable:

Please include for each: Child's Name & Age

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* 18. In case of emergency, contact:

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* 19. Number of years you have lived in the Shoals area?

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* 20. Do you expect to be living in the Shoals in 5 years?

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* 21. What do you hope to gain from your participation in Leadership Shoals?

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* 22. Have you graduated from any other leadership program(s)?

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* 23. Tell us something interesting or unique about yourself that others probably don't know.

EMPLOYMENT  INFORMATION

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* 24. Employer

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* 25. Type of Business:

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* 26. Title / Position

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* 27. Date Began with Employer:
(enter as MM/YYYY)

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* 28. Briefly describe your responsibilities in your employment:

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* 29. Work Address

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* 30. City

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* 31. Zip

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* 32. Do you have the support of your employer to take the time required for Leadership Shoals?

Generally 1 day per month, August - May, except 2 days each for Retreat in September & Montgomery trip in March.

Refer to the Schedule of Sessions at the beginning of this application and please mark your calendar for all dates.

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* 33. Direct Supervisor's Name:

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* 34. List previous employers, beginning with the most recent:

Please include for each: Employer; Your Title; Dates From & To

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* 35. List organizations that are most important to you, including business / professional, civic / community, political activities and public offices:

Please include for each: Org. Name; Position Held; Dates From & To

EDUCATION  INFORMATION

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* 36. List high school, college(s), advanced degree(s), military service &/or specialized training(s):

Please include for each:  School / Training Org. Name; City, ST; Degree / Major / Certification earned;  Dates From & To

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* 37. List Academic Awards &/or Honors:

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* 38. How much time do you currently commit to volunteer work each month?

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* 39. In what kind of volunteer work would you like to become involved?

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* 40. If you have not previously been involved in the community, what conditions have changed the now enable you to seek involvement?

GENERAL  QUESTIONS

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* 41. What do you feel is your responsibility to the Shoals community?

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* 42. In your judgment, what are the three most pressing challenges / issues / problems facing the Shoals area?

GENERAL  INFORMATION
Please be prepared to turn off all cell phones, electronic devices, etc., as part of your commitment to the Leadership Shoals program. These technological conveniences have proven to be a significant distraction to not only the owner, but to the entire class.  During each season day, breaks are scheduled to allow time to use your devices. Remember to be courteous.  If for some reason you MUST make or receive a call or text, please excuse yourself from the session if it is in progress.  Thank you for your cooperation.
TUITION

If accepted into the program, you or your employer / sponsor will be billed for the tuition of $895.  Tuition covers meals & supplies for all sessions, travel and Montgomery hotel room (double-occupancy). 

Tuition is due upon notification of being accepted or may be paid in increments.  We are unable to refund any portion of tuition if you do not complete the program.

NOTE:  For Chamber investors at the Vitality, Mission and Visionary tier levels, tuition is covered for ONE (1) participant.

NOTE2:  For ALL participants, if you prefer a single-occupancy hotel room in Montgomery, there will be a $75 upcharge to cover the cost.  See Question #44.

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* 43. Who will pay the tuition for your participation in Leadership Shoals?

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* 44. I do not want to share a hotel room in Montgomery.  I prefer a single-occupancy room.  

COMMITMENT & MANDATORY  ACTIVITIES

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

Mandatory activities include
  - the September 2-day Retreat
  - the January Poverty Simulation
  - the March 2-day trip to Montgomery
You will also be required on your own
  - to attend one city council meeting
  - to ride with a police officer (4 hours minimum)
  - write a brief summary of each

We realize that unforeseen emergencies arise. For this reason, you will be allowed to miss one full day or two half days (on non-mandatory days) and still be allowed to graduate with your class.  Please notify the Chamber 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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* 45. I understand the purposes of the Leadership Shoals program and if I am selected I will devote the time and resources necessary to complete the program.

Applicant's e-signature below will serve as your commitment to the time required to participate in Leadership Shoals:

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* 46. EMPLOYER  COMMITMENT (if applicable)

The applicant above has the approval of this organization and has our full support, which includes the time required to participate in the program and payment of the $895 tuition (if applicable) due upon notification of being accepted.

Employer's e-signature below will serve as your commitment to allow the employee the time required to participate in Leadership Shoals:

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Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you or your participation in Leadership Shoals?

As a precaution, once you have clicked "Submit" below, please send a quick message to snewland@shoalschamber.com to let us know you have applied, so we can check that your application was properly submitted. 

Occasionally folks submit, or think they've submitted, their application, but it is not sent.  That may be because something is incomplete, maybe they got distracted and just thought they submitted or possibly a cyber gremlin, but we want to be certain everyone gets their application in. 

You should receive a "Thank you for completing the Leadership Shoals Application ... " message once it's submitted properly.
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