LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
A Program for Emerging Leaders

Beginning in 2004, the Union County Leadership Institute has offered countless professionals an experience of hands on education and networking

The program has five main objectives:

  • Exposure to key issues affecting residents and businesses in Union County
  • Exposure to influential leaders in business and government in Union County
  • Networking and building relationships with 25 professionals throughout the ten month class
  • Hands on education and experiences through planning a class session and completing a quality of life research project
  • Increase knowledge of leadership traits and identifying personal leadership styles

Leadership Students should have high standards of personal quality and integrity, respect, responsibility, reliability and a sincere interest in community issues.

Throughout the ten month program, Leadership Students are empowered to be an integral part of the class day planning process and, therefore, enabled to be visionary and active leaders in the community as they explore critical issues with knowledgeable speakers, effective facilitators and a variety of experimental activities. Leadership Students are also required to complete a community-directed research project aimed at affecting the quality of life in Union County

SELECTION

The Union County Leadership Institute solicits applications from all Chamber members and their associates. Nominations are received and Leadership Students are selected on their own merits through the application process conducted by the Leadership Institute Selection Committee. The class meets on the first Thursday of each month, beginning in September, to discuss critical issues and topics as well as leadership skill-building through the program’s completion in May

ELIGIBILITY

The Leadership Institute Selection Committee looks for several qualities in potential students. In order to be selected, applicants must: Be in positions of responsibility, such as managers, supervisors, directors, business owners, etc. – Demonstrate a sincere interest in community issues and a willingness to serve the community – Show a record of achievement or interest in community activities which indicate his/her leadership ability – Live or work in Union County and intend to remain so in the foreseeable future.

A diligent effort will be made to select class members who represent a cross section of Chamber businesses; it is this business, geographic and demographic diversity among class members that generates much of the meaningful personal interaction and personal learning in the leadership program

DIRECTOR

Robert (Bob) L. Whitman is the Director of the Leadership Institute.

Bob was born, reared and educated in LaRue, Ohio. Bob is the past Director of Chamber Programs and Membership of the Union County Chamber of Commerce in Marysville, Ohio.

A retired school superintendent of 24 years, Bob received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

A retired school superintendent of 24 years, Bob received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in research and writing. Books he has written include Planning, Promoting and Passing School Tax Issues, A Resource Manual for School Levy Campaign Leaders and Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The NFL’s Most Colorful Franchise, and Jim Thorpe: Athlete of The Century.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Do I need to live in Union County to participate?
A: One of the goals of the Leadership Institute is to raise leaders who will invest back into our community; therefore, all Leadership Students must live OR work in Union County and intend to remain so in the foreseeable future.

 

Q: Who should participate in the Leadership Institute?
A: Our desire is to build capacities of 21st-century leaders. Leadership Students will greatly expand their knowledge and understanding of Union County and will learn how to utilize their leadership skills by getting involved in the community. Students will participate, and organize, classes where you will learn more about your own leadership skills, as well as meet influential community leaders, learn about the government and school systems and greatly expand your personal and professional network.

 

Q: What if I have scheduling conflicts during some of the sessions? Should I still apply?
A: Absolutely! While attendance and participation are critically important, we also understand Leadership Students have commitments that may take priority throughout the 10-month program. Scheduling conflicts should be addressed with the Leadership Institute Selection Committee during the application process.

 

Q: What does the program cost?
A: The total cost of the Leadership Institute is $750. Checks are to be made payable to the Union County Chamber of Commerce, attn.: Leadership Institute and should be mailed to 227 E. 5th St., Marysville OH 43040. Full payment must be received by orientation in August.

PAST LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE GRADUATES

Baker, Craig Beals, Nancy Burd, Jessica Cain, Jessica Clark, Jamie Clarridge, Melissa Farmer, Justin Fritz, Chad Gardner, Dan Haynes, Ginger Heard, Teri Jones, Kristen Mayse, Mandi McCartney, Kate Millhoan, Pamela Nelson, Ashlei Russell, Jason Salapata, Samantha Schultz, Adam Silva, Linda Spain, Julie Todd, Ron Warnock, Cayla Zeek, John
Bowsher, Nick Brake, David Bresson, Paul Davidson, Bryan Dejarnette, Mel Feucht, Kyle Gindlesberger, Tasha Goins, Kyle Heminger, Kim Hoyng, Kyle Johnson, Alexis Justice, Michael Mickens, Laura Niccolini, Debra Potridge, Kris Seeberg, Chad Sigrist, Stephanie Spain, Betsy Sperrazza, Dominic Stephens, Amy Stevens, Joni Stoppa, Cindy Wallace, Cassandra Wever, Rebecca Xiong, Shiping
Bowsher, NickBrake, DavidBresson, PaulDavidson, BryanDejarnette, MelFeucht, KyleGindlesberger, TashaGoins, KyleHeminger, KimHoyng, KyleJohnson, AlexisJustice, MichaelMickens, LauraNiccolini, DebraPotridge, KrisSeeberg, ChadSigrist, StephanieSpain, BetsySperrazza, DominicStephens, AmyStevens, JoniStoppa, CindyWallace, CassandraWever, RebeccaXiong, Shiping
Anderson, BethanyBarr, AnneBemiller, BrianBishop, AndrewBosch, AliciaBott, CorrieCohn, ChadDevine, PaulFlowers, ChadHarper, ToniaHixson, CoryKeith, PamMaine, TaraMcHattie, KennethMcKinnon, StephanieMichael, BeauPorter, ArleneSachs, NateSpires, BrianThompson, AshleyThrush, JenniferWalters, JasonWare, SueZweizig, Holly
Alexander, JanellAtkins, PhilipBehrens, RobertaBerbee, BobBoyer, AshleyBugg, AshleyFrisch, JefferyHardbarger, AshleyKrutowskis, AnnaLambert, JessicaLaMendola, SueLanghals, JonathanMorris, AmandaNorman, ChrisNorth-Thompson, TammyNowels, NiecaPartee, LindsaySattler, BarbaraScott, LeesaUtt, Matt
Andrako, MikeBrooks, TonyBroomstra, SusanBruce, DarleneChampman, JoeClayton, TriciaCogar, JimColwell, MeganCook, AaronDeverse, JessicaEley, AmandaGruber, AbbyJohnston, CodyMarkham, TeresaPoling, NathanSeeber, SarahStidam, AmandaTarney, ErinWill, AnthonyWinter, BrianWarner, Roberta
Bibart, RobBrown, KaraBush, AmyCalvert, AmberChapman, TomChavarria, JennyCollins, EvieDamask, JimDelauter, DavidGarrett-Schwyn, AshleyGilbert, BradHamilton, AmyHassinger, MarilynMaxwell, AngelaMichelson, RyanPatton, JamiePuckett, KimRitter, CindyScalf-Leber, StephanieSpain, BoSpellman, SusanVollrath, BenjaminWeakley, KentWitt, IngeWolfe, Jeannie
Beebe, MelindaLassiter, DougLassiter, BettyBurns, NathanBreckenridge, SeanReser, ShellyRidley, MattStringfellow, DrewMercer, MicheleDavis, EmilyJohnson, NateDawson, TimAltizer, LindsayBranstiter, WadeKnotts, TinaDreiseidel, MarciaSee, AndreaBurns, BarbSmith, Ryan

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Allen, Seth Amett, Aric Baird, Mike Balch, Rick Belville, Terri Brubaker, Jeniffer Buerk, Phillip Hammer, Duane Hoyt, Jeremy Jones, Alexandria Lee, Tiffany Mason, Corry McClintock, Robert Narducci, Bill Obenour, Kathryn Palivoda, Tory Smarra, Andrew Scheiderer, Carol Scroggins, Jamie Tabor, Wendy Trianfro, Jr., Victor Watson, Candace Weaver, Andrea Wood, Tiffany
Baldwin, Stephen Bezusko, Carrie Bosch, Dan Bugg, Ryan Clark, Brian Connolly, John Cramer, Deb Crawford, Deborah Decot, Lisa Fairchild, Nina Focht, Lynnette Gleeson, David Higinbotham, Amy Holschulte, Josh Kemp, Jackie Koschalk, Kyle Kruse, Lyle Maruskin, Scott Mudgett, Heather Nicol, Glen Patterson, Lorli Perkins, Todd Plank, Dani Rapp, Sandy Sech, Shawn VanDyke, Steve Wellman, Lisa
Anderson, Michele Ballenger, Andy Benson, Katie Dietsch, Kathy Douglas, Dick Goddard, Rod Greenway, Tim Hanlon-Stolte, Mardy Johnson, Beth Keifer, Eric Maruniak, Scott McQuade, Brett Michalak, Laura Morgan, Tom Purcell, Jonee Reigle, Linda Riley, Jay Rock, Brenda Smith, Anthony Stanford, Jason Steele, Carla
Ball, Brian Ball, Donna Burtch, Sheryl DeLong, Greg Eley, Phil England, Christopher Gehres, Brian Given, Carrie Golden, Doug Kontos, Kim Nevil-English, Charlene Page, Cortney Phillips, Dave Rose, Mike Schaner, Debra Shelton, Deb Slattman, Robin Wilson, Kim Wills, Tai
Applegate, Dr. DavidAquillo, MikeBaetz, NedraBezusko, DaveChrispin, MattClase, JoeCox, JimDostanko, BrianHill, TinaIrwin, SueKannally, TimMangine, EllenMiller, KimMoore, RandyNelson, RockyOetker, CathyPriday, AndyRavencraft, BrianSayers, ChrisSellers, LeahSmith, BrookeWieringa, EmilyWirtz, JeffZani, CarlZiegler, Melanie
Ahern, BobBoerger, PattyClark, ChristyComstock, JasonConklin, GaryCooper, CharitaCox, FayeEhlers, JeffFinney, RachelFisher, SpenceGandre, HarryGolden, FloydKrewson, GlenMcDonnell, RyanOrcena, JasonPage, Mareva LeePond, EllenSampsel, MarySevern, PatriciaSmith, StephenSpeicher, DavidWirtz, CarmanZiegler, JeffreyZumwalde, Suzanne
Banks, Sue Bauman, Adam Behrens, Kevin Bowers, Trent Camron, Marilee Commings, Bob Conklin, Nancy Cooper, Patrick Daberkow, Suzanne Duke, Joe Franke, Chris Haverkamp, Jacqueline Hiss, Robert Holt, Ellen House, Kathy Jacques, Marian Marsh, Shari Sattler, Charles Schulze, Dennis Smith, Evan Stanley, Rebecca Stauch, Jeff Tremmel, Martin Williams, Pat Winkle, Randy

PAST LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE RESEARCH PROJECTS

10 Lesson Plan for Teaching Leadership to Elementary Students

A Canoe Livery Proposal for Big Darby in Union County

A Proposal for a Youth Center in Union County

Advantages and disadvantages of a dog park

An Orientation Program for New Students in the Marysville Exempted Village School District

Chamber of Commerce’s Comparative Analysis

Children Cell Phone Use

Exploration of Workforce Development Activities Among Service Providers

Financial preparedness for post-secondary education in Union County

Guide for Healthy Eating in Union County

Heart of the City Walk

How & Where do Residents Receive News and Information in Union County

How Marysville Relates to Commuters and Vice Versa

It Takes A Village

Jerome Township Brochures

Leadership Survey Presentation Resident vs. Non Resident

Logistics of Opening a Gun Range in Union County

Marysville Schools Quick Guide for Parents & Guardians Program

Memories of the Past Plain City

The Im-Balance of Nature in Union County

Need for Pediatric Respite Service in Union County

Ohio Historical Marker Program

Operation Feed Union County

Pamphlet for Richwood Visitors

Partnership between Union County Leadership & Union County Business Education

Preserve America Designation

Proposal for exploring different sites to relocate the Union County Airport

Scholarship Essay Contest

Summer Activities Guide for Youth in Union County

Survey of Employee Training Program

Test Pilot Volunteer Program for East Elementary

Two Grant Approvals for Historical Markers in Union County

Union County Covered Bridge Tour DVD

Union County Heritage Brochure

Video of the History of Magnetic Springs

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities Brochure

Volunteer Resources in Union County

Wellness Program for Businesses

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