By Chamber Chair Stacy Miller
Now more than ever, our communities need good, hard-working and dedicated leaders. We need people who are willing to sacrifice their time and treasure for the good of others. We need these people to step up and serve but, first, we need them to be educated.
That is where the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce's Oxnard Leadership Program comes in. This dynamic, 10-session course provides participants with relevant and accurate information about key local and regional issues, one-on-one time with proven leaders, and a network of contacts to take those next steps.
Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
The program is open to anyone however applicants need to have a desire and dedication to enhance their leadership potential; increase their knowledge of the community; and be willing to commit their individual talents in future years toward the betterment of Oxnard. The gains are tremendous and include:
“Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years, this important program can open new doors of opportunity,” commented Shelly Merrell, President & CEO for Integrated Fire Safety.
Shelly and I have each agreed to sponsor one participant as part of our commitment to future community leaders, I hope other leaders will join us in supporting this great program.
If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, I encourage to complete the online application available from the Chamber’s website: www.oxnardchamber.org/oxnard-leadership.html.
Let’s all help tomorrow’s leaders start learning today!
The 10-session program focuses on one topic per all-day session:
Session 1: Government
Learn about the governmental structure of our region and meet with city and county-level elected officials as they share their experience and vision for our community.
Session 2 - Public Safety
Spend the day alongside Oxnard Police Department, SWAT, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Ventura County Jail.
Session 3 - Education
Visit our local high schools and universities to see how they’re serving our young people and preparing the next generation of leaders.
Session 4 - History, Parks & Museums
Discover how our community was founded and experience our regions rich culture and history.
Session 5 - International Trade & Defense
Guided tours of The Port of Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County will display the impact these institutions have on a local, regional and international level.
Session 6 - Public Services
Go behind-the-scenes to see how our city services operate on a daily basis. Past visits include the Advanced Water Purification Facility, Del Norte Regional Recycling, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Session 7 - Health & Human Services
Visits to St. John’s Regional Medical Center and FOOD Share highlight the ways our community is serving the needs of a growing population.
Session 8 - Commerce
Discover your leadership style, learn about workforce development & business ethics, and visit some of our local businesses. Past visits have included Haas Automation and a boat tour of Channel Islands Harbor.
Session 9 - Agriculture/Natural Resources
Meet with the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner, tour a local farm, and experience an incredible agricultural testing facility located right here in our own backyard.
Session 10 - Energy
Learn about oil and gas production in Ventura County and its impact here and abroad, discover alternative energy sources, and hear from experts in the field.