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September 5, 2017 > Learn to be a leader

Learn to be a leader

Submitted By Kim Huggett

Applications are now being accepted for the 28th annual class of Leadership Hayward, which begins this November. With more than 300 graduates since 1990-91, this outstanding program develops leaders knowledgeable about the greater Hayward area and prepares them to address complex social and economic issues.

The program is particularly valuable to members of the business community whose careers and businesses will benefit from understanding HaywardÕs economic development.

We invite you to apply for this yearÕs class, or to pass this invitation along to someone who might be interested. ItÕs a great investment in our community and your future!

Leadership Hayward features eight monthly, one-day sessions from November through June. Each session will focus on a general topic presented by experts.

Topics include team building, heritage and cultural awareness; economic and public policy; community design and transportation; health and human services; education; arts and recreation; public safety and disaster preparedness; and public facilities.

Participants receive professional development credit from the Continuing Education, University Extension Division of California State University, East Bay. The June graduation luncheon includes the mayorÕs State of the City address and is attended by local and state elected officials and dignitaries.

About 25 individuals participate each year representing a cross section of HaywardÕs diverse private and public sectors, cultures, and age groups. Participants have included bankers, retailers, restaurant owners, teachers, professors, police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, nonprofit staff, and city employees. Businesses have been represented by executives, managers, and staff.

The selection criteria includes a commitment to HaywardÕs well-being, to regular attendance, and active participation. Tuition for each participant is $850. This covers breakfast and lunch, materials, and certification. Fees may be paid by the individual, an employer, or a sponsoring organization. Participants are encouraged to seek tuition assistance from civic and professional organizations. There may be partial scholarship assistance in some cases.

Obtain the brief application form from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce or call (510) 537-2424. You can also e-mail Hayward Chamber of Commerce President Kim Huggett at for assistance and a link to the online application.

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