The Salem Chamber describes Leadership Salem as “the premier opportunity to learn why Salem is such a great city. Participants develop and refine leadership skills, and create lasting bonds with other upcoming leaders. This program is recognized by businesses, employers and decision-makers as an important part of a leader’s preparation to serve in our community.”
Participants receive a comprehensive overview of the Salem area – its realities, opportunities and challenges. It’s a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders and decision makers, and receive an introduction to community resources by way of tours, panels and speaker and interact in a variety of learning experiences. Each of the 10 one-day sessions focuses on a different theme: leadership, community history and culture, natural resources, business and commerce, education, legal systems, human resources, government and volunteerism. The year concludes with a community service project.
“I’m honored to be accepted into the program and looking forward to learning how I can contribute more to our community,” said Shanks.