Nominations for the Leadership Blount Class of 2023 can be made Jan. 15 through Feb. 15, online at www.leadershipblount.com. Nominees will be notified via email once the nomination is submitted and directed to complete an online application.

The Leadership Blount class is comprised of nine comprehensive class days and two overnight retreats that are designed to build relationships, enhance leadership skills, increase civic engagement, and to improve community understanding that leads to positive impact in Blount County. Class members will have a direct connection to community leaders and a direct impact on our community.

Leadership Blount’s core program is designed for experienced leaders who are expected to participate through research, service, group facilitation, and problem solving focusing on our community’s most critical issues. The Leadership Blount experience does not end with the 10-month program. A personal commitment and a class commitment are made to the community for lifelong service. Participating in the alumni organization is expected and encouraged.

Nominees should have a sincere commitment and motivation to serve the community, as well as an exhibited demonstration of leadership abilities. They should be individuals whose work and community service indicate they have a long-term commitment to Blount County. All class members must have the full support of the organization or corporation they represent.

The class of 36 people will be selected by a volunteer committee of Leadership Blount alumni from nominations received from the community. No self-nominations or those made by immediate family members will be accepted. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 15.

Applicants must show potential for or demonstrated leadership abilities, community involvement, and the desire for expanded leadership responsibility. Selection is based upon the quality and depth of the answers provided in the application.

Tuition for the program is $1,500; $150 of which must be paid by the participant personally. This payment covers all fees and course materials, as well as most meals and transportation. Optional or special activities may require additional costs. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for eligible candidates.

Leadership Blount strengthens our community by educating and inspiring current and emerging leaders to engage in active, lifelong service. A volunteer Board of Directors and an Executive Director oversee the development of curriculum and administration of the program. Leadership Blount is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, contact Leadership Blount, 865-984-9368, or by email office@leadership bount.com.

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