Application season starts for Leadership Las Vegas

Imagine assisting with a nighttime count of the homeless population. One month, you might take a tour of a local jail. The next, you could see the inner workings of a major casino.

If you’ve ever wanted to have these experiences while picking up qualities that can help make your community a more interesting and dynamic place to live, you’re in luck.

Leadership Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 10-month executive development program, is accepting applications. The once-a-month, daylong meetings, open to 48 to 50 participants, offer a backstage pass to community businesses and organizations that most people wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.

Throughout its duration, the program focuses on multiple aspects of the community: history, education, criminal justice, business, industry, gaming and hospitality, health care and social safety. Attendance to all sessions, including a two-night retreat at the beginning, is mandatory.

Flo Rogers, president and general manager of KNPR, is the Leadership Council chairwoman. The council oversees Leadership Las Vegas much as a board of directors would, to maintain its integrity and continuity.

“One of the absolute strengths of the leadership program is you get to experience all the different areas of the community. This is not a branding exercise for the chamber of commerce,” Rogers said.

If interested, applications are available at www.lvchamber.com/leadership-las-vegas, and are due by 4 p.m. May 15.

Tuition costs $2,750 for chamber members or $3,500 for nonmembers. Scholarships may be available in certain cases, and information will be given to interested parties after their applications are received.

This is the program’s 28th year.

“The Metro Chamber is really proud of the enduring legacy of the Leadership Las Vegas program,” said Cara Clarke, chamber spokeswoman.

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