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. The Class of 2023 is full. Please contact us for details on participating in 2024. ACADEMY BROCHURE Class of 2023 Ronnie Altice Carilion Clinic Sarah Bowman Ferrum College Desmone Cobbs Drifters Michelle Crumpaker Bedford County Stacy Dawson Casago SML Shelby Devericks State Farm - Susan Balderson Steve Furrow Mountain to Lake Realty Leo George Bedford County Whitney Greenway Bedford County Brad Harmon Mariners Landing Tyler Lee Ridge View Bank Tina McConnell American National Bank Dana Montgomery Berkshire Hathaway Home Services SML Mark Redden Holley Insurance Logan Morris Farm Credit of the Virginias Holley Scheffel Bedford County Trevor Stanley Franklin County Bill Raney Franklin County Trevor Smith Anchor Title SML 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. In its first year, the Chamber will accept 10 participants from a diverse group of local professionals, representing various local industries and entities. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 20. For those selected, the tuition will be $750, which includes orientation, classes, networking mixers and graduation. 2023 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 11 History & Culture Wednesday, February 1 Regional Leadership Wednesday, March 1 Economic Development Wednesday, April 5 Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality Wednesday, May 3 Health & Human Services/Poverty Awareness Wednesday, June 7 Protective Services Wednesday, July 5 Government Affairs Wednesday, August 2 Education Wednesday, September 6 Agri-Business/Natural Resources Wednesday, October 4 Manufacturing Wednesday, November 1 Graduation December Evening Dinner (TBA) 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.