Leading by Example

Creating change and positively impacting as large of a community as Las Vegas takes a dedicated group of passionate and empowered individuals.  As Southern Nevada’s premier executive development program, the Metro Chamber’s Leadership Las Vegas program has been bringing together 48-50 high-potential and emerging leaders from a breadth of industries and local businesses for an intensive 10-month experience since its inception more than 25 years ago.  Applications are now open for the incoming Class of 2015.

“Leadership Las Vegas literally changed my life,” says Nelson Araujo, a 2013 graduate of the program and senior director of the Las Vegas Healthy Communities Coalition of United Way of Southern Nevada. “Along with introducing me to a group of amazing leaders who have now become lifelong friends, the program also exposed me to every day challenges that our city faces. More importantly, Leadership Las Vegas provided me with leadership skills needed to create positive change in our community.”

Leadership Las Vegas gives local business leaders the opportunity to dive into the issues facing Southern Nevada through access to the different systems, people and information that shape our community. In addition to a two-day opening retreat, the class meets one full day per month to focus on specific issues critical to the success of our region. Through lectures, discussions, on-site visits, simulations, projects and other activities, Leadership Las Vegas class members receive a thorough examination into the critical issues facing Southern Nevada and are challenged to apply their talents towards those issues.

“I walked into Leadership Las Vegas 22 years ago with commitment and passion and walked out 9 months later even more committed, more passionate and, most importantly, equipped with the knowledge of community issues necessary to make change and a network of diverse, amazing and motivated people. Leadership Las Vegas was a game changer for me,” explains Punam Mathur, a 1990 graduate.

The program now has an impressive alumni network of more than 1,200 community leaders comprised of elected and appointed officials and executives from nearly every industry in Southern Nevada, with the common goal of impacting and improving the Southern Nevada community with the knowledge they have gained and the relationships they have built.

Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about the program and the impact it can have by speaking with a Leadership Las Vegas alumnus, visiting the website at LVchamber.com/leadership-las-vegas and by attending the annual Leadership Las Vegas Recruitment Mixer on May 8, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. inside Silk Road at Vdara Hotel & Spa. To register, visit LVChamber.com or call 702.641.5822.

Completed applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.