Leadership Academy Educating Emerging Leaders at SML The Smith Mountain Lake Leadership Academy is a 12-month leadership program designed to develop a diversified corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals who will assume leadership roles for Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania county organizations, both public and private, to meet the needs of the future. 2024 ACADEMY BROCHURE Class of 2024 Robin Altice The Claiborne Bed & Breakfast Daniel Brown Bedford County 911 Kevin Bugg Bugg Agency State Farm Jodie Byrd Ridge View Bank Faith Carter Drifters Kimberly Diehl SML Heating & Air Eric Eberth National Financial Services Chad Green Cox Communications Jason Hodnett Mango's Bar & Grill Barry Jarrett American National Bank Brian Martin Bedford County Parks & Recreation Pam Martin Magnets USA Maegan Mitchell Bethlehem United Methodist Church Inge Terrill Phoebe Needles Center John Perez Mariners Landing Rebecca Ventola Franklin County Public Library Amanda Robertson Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital About the Leadership Academy Objectives To identify and develop potential and existing leaders in business, government, and the community and to help them better prepare for responsibility in the community. To provide these leaders with a practical, clear and simple understanding of major problems and opportunities facing our community. To facilitate access between emerging leaders and current leadership of the community. To improve the communications network among leaders from diverse backgrounds and interests. To create an avenue for persons of demonstrated commitment to the community to meet and exchange ideas. To stimulate increased participation in and commitment to the community. Mission Statement The Mission of the Smith Mountain Lake Leadership Academy is to develop local leaders by equipping them with leadership skills, to provide information on community issues so that the community can progress, and to evoke community action based on the presentation of these issues. Overview Each year, participants are selected through an application process. Orientation begins in early January and class days are the first Wednesday of each month with graduation in early December. The Chamber will accept a limited number of participants from a diverse group of local professionals, representing various local industries and entities. For those selected, the tuition will be $750, which includes orientation, classes, networking mixers and graduation. 2024 Schedule This is a tentative schedule. More details will be distributed to the class at orientation. Most classes will be in session noon-4:30 p.m. Orientation Wednesday, January 10 History & Culture Wednesday, February 7 Regional Leadership Wednesday, March 6 Tour of Smith Mountain Dam Wednesday, April 3 Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality Wednesday, May 1 Health & Human Services/Poverty Awareness Wednesday, June 5 Protective Services Wednesday, July 10 Economic Development Wednesday, August 7 Education Wednesday, September 11 Agri-Business/Natural Resources Wednesday, October2 Manufacturing Wednesday, November 11 Graduation Wednesday, Dec. 4 In order to successfully complete the Smith Mountain Lake Leadership Academy program, attendance is expected at all scheduled sessions. Failure to attend all sessions may result in participant's ineligibility to graduate from the program. The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber realizes that unexpected situations may arise that result in participant's inability to attend. In such instances the Chamber’s Education Committee will evaluate the absence on a case-by-case basis.