WeHo Chamber Launches Leadership Training Program

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is launching a program to coach prospective and current community leaders in WeHo.

WeLead Academy currently is accepting applications for the program, which will begin on Sept. 17 with an orientation followed by a series of sessions intended to “develop overall knowledge and advance the leadership skills of West Hollywood-based stakeholders who are committed to the core values of the city and to the community where they live, work and play.”

WeHo Chamber of Commerce“There are so many active and engaged community members in West Hollywood,” said WeHo Chamber President Genevieve Morrill. “We wanted to provide a framework and real-time coaching on how they, or someone who is looking to be more involved, can take that to the next level.”

The Sept. 17 introduction and orientation will be open to 25 potential participants. Interested applicants will complete a questionnaire, and 10 will be chosen for the academy. The four-week academy program begins Oct. 1 with primary instructors Sam Borelli and Mark Edwards along with special guests and subject-matter experts.

In an announcement of the program, the chamber said that participants will:

— Increase their knowledge of the city as a whole and ways to advance their role in it
— Obtain valuable coaching to cultivate leadership skills and community service competencies
— Gain deeper understanding of public policy process and opportunities to contribute to outcomes
— Cultivate the abilities necessary to build coalitions and lead effective advocacy efforts
— Undergo hands-on coaching for managing effective meetings and difficult conversations
— Receive valuable lessons from current and former elected officials and key city stakeholders

The Sept. 17 orientation is from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Abbey, 692 N. Robertson Blvd. south of Santa Monica. Applications can be made online. The orientation is free of charge.

The training sessions, are on Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22, also from 9 to 11 a.m. and at The Abbey. The fee for the four weeks of sessions is $125.


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Steve Martin
Steve Martin
6 years ago

This sounds like a positive program; sort of Civics 101 with a bit of Chamber of Commerce spin. Sam Borelli is highly knowledgeable and knows how to navigate around and about City Hall. This will be fund and informative.

Ethics or opportunity?
Ethics or opportunity?
6 years ago

Ok perhaps this is promising, the location of The Abbey somehow threw a curve. Is there a continuing curriculum and opportunity is for more than 25 or is this a pilot idea?

Ethics or opportunity?
Ethics or opportunity?
6 years ago

This all sounds very interesting, like a course at Trump University. Skills useful in public service generally come from ones early and advanced schooling as well as keen family values. A curiosity and determination guides one to select a path to reach public service goals. Unfortunately this opportunity doesn’t strike me as authentic but it might make one more adept at political opportunism. Now what was the goal of this training again?

follow the money
follow the money
6 years ago

Leadership training on how to sell out the city to developer interests. Leadership training on putting money before ethics. Leadership training on how to screw small business and community in the interests of the almighty dollar.

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