Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
Training Location: LOMC 1834 IL-2, Oregon, IL

“The covid 19 pandemic has caused a major shift in today’s workforce and volunteer organizations. Yesterday’s world is gone. The priorities, values, and capabilities of individuals has shifted in a major way.

Today’s new environment calls for and demands a community of great leaders. A community capable of taking on today’s challenges and tomorrow’s possibilities. We’ll need strong leadership training and a well rounded vision of our community’s strengths and needs in order to continue the tenacious way in which we grab on to whatever tomorrow brings us.

The Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is designed by our community and for our greater community. It is specific. Our program provides a solid foundation of skills required to be an effective leader. We are excited to teach and bring out the leaders in our community in order to bring in new and innovative ideas to businesses and organizations.

Thank you to the Chamber Board, namely President Donna Mann for her dedication to and vision for this project, and to the presenting sponsor of this program, the City of Oregon, for their continued commitment to forward thinking leadership.

Please read the detailed description below, or jump to the online application page: HERE. You can also download the program description and application for print HERE.”

Liz Vos
Executive Director

Small and rural communities are challenged with a lack of candidates with skills/knowledge to lead community organizations and local governments. The goal of this program is to identify prospective leaders and help them build skills and knowledge that will allow them to advance into leadership roles within their respective communities

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS: The target audience for this program is candidates identified by employers, organizations, or self-identified who want to become more engaged in the local community by serving in elected positions or as volunteer leaders of community projects and activities or advancing their career into a higher leadership role within their respective organization. Participation is limited to participants in the Oregon/Mt. Morris/Chana area. Candidates will submit a brief application stating why they would like to participate in this training.

Participation in this program serves to develop participants’ knowledge and skills, to work together, have meaningful impact, and find common ground so we can address our community’s challenges and opportunities and build local leadership capacity.

Additionally participants will gain:

  • Awareness of the community and how to get involved
  • Education on the issues, opportunities, strengths and needs in your community
  • Tools to become an effective leader helping to guide your community into the future and motivate civic engagement of community members

PROGRAM FORMAT: This program includes series of one-day workshops (1/month) for 3 months and capstone project that includes a group visit to another progressive community with similar size and amenities to evaluate the community and identify a project to be implemented in our local area. Program participants will identify, plan, and implement a community project to put into practice the skills/knowledge they have learned.

Schedule of Activities (8:30am-4:00pm Meals Provided)
DAY 1 – APRIL 18: Assessing and Strengthening Your Leadership Skills

  • Understand various leadership styles
  • Evaluate the impacts of leadership styles
  • Assess personal leadership skills
  • Identify strengths/weaknesses and skills to be enhanced
  • Participants will complete out of class homework and participate in a mid-month teleconference.

DAY 2 – MAY 16: Getting to Know Your Community (Local & County Government); Working with Volunteers

  • Understand roles and responsibilities of city/county/ officials/taxing body leaders.
  • Learn about local strategies related economic and business development
  • Strategies for recruiting, retaining, and recognizing volunteers
  • Participants will complete out of class homework and participate in a mid-month teleconference.

DAY 3 – JUNE 20: Practical Management Skills and Intro to the Capstone Project Activity

  • Meeting management (conducting effective meetings)
  • Project management (organizing projects and delegating responsibilities)
  • Time management
  • Conflict management (dealing with difficult people, conflict resolution techniques)
  • Intro to the capstone project activity
  • Participants will complete out of class homework and participate in a mind-month teleconference.

DAY 4 – JULY: Capstone Project Activity (visit to another community to gather ideas for a community project to be implemented by the class.

JULY – SEPTEMBER – Class will organize and implement a community project utilizing the leadership skills they have acquired in the program.

PROGRAM FUNDING: Scholarships to cover costs of the program will be available for up to 30 candidates. Funding for candidates residing or employed in the Oregon community is provided by a special grant from the City of Oregon, IL.
Businesses and organizations can nominate or sponsor candidates. Participants from surrounding communities are welcomed but need to be sponsored by an independent business or organization. Sponsorships are $250/candidate. This fee covers costs related to the program including expenses related to the capstone project.

BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS: This program provides an opportunity for local businesses to identify and enroll candidates who demonstrate leadership potential for advancement within their respective organization and support corporate social responsibility.

BENEFITS TO SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: This program provides an opportunity to build leadership capacity for civic/social organizations and local governments.

TRAINING FACILITATOR: John Newton SPHR, President of John Newton and Associates HR Consulting, Downers Grove, IL

Presenting Sponsor


Candidate Sponsors:

Amanda Bordner, LCSW


E.D. Etnyre & Co.


Kaczmarzyk Agency, Inc.


Breakfast Sponsors:

Jonas Martin Well Drilling

Kaczmarzyk Agency, Inc.

Scott Stephens State Farm

Serenity Hospice and Home


Please use the form below to express interest in this program. We are accepting 30 candidates.

2022 Emerging Leaders Bootcamp Application