Applications are being accepted for a new local leadership program, Leadership Floyd (LF), which will begin on Aug. 20. To get more information and to apply for the program, visit LeadershipFloydVA.org.

The program runs through October 2020 with two hour monthly sessions on the Third Tuesday with November and December 2019 off. The 2019-20 discounted fee for each participant is $180 and a limited number of scholarships will be available based on need.

The mission of Leadership Floyd is to “present an affordable and accessible program offering practical skills, opportunities for personal and professional development, and information to citizens from our community to be effective leaders in Floyd, Virginia.”

The Town of Floyd has received grant funding from the Community Foundation of New River Valley to help with start-up costs for LF and will serve as the fiscal agent for the program. Additional support has been pledged by Appalachian Power. Many local businesses and organizations have also pledged in-kind support or plan to have employees and board members participate in the program.

The Leadership Floyd Steering Committee, which has been meeting for well over a year to develop the program, currently includes Lydeana Martin, Floyd County’s Community and Economic Development Director; Kayla Cox, Town of Floyd Manager; Beth Burgess, a chamber board member; Jenny Finn, Head of School and Co-Founder of Springhouse Community School; Shep Nance, a chamber board member; and John McEnhill, Executive Director of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.

“This program has its roots in recent challenges that local organizations and local government have had in finding people to serve in leadership roles,” said John McEnhill. “Steven Kaylor, a former chamber board president who passed away earlier this year, advocated for a local leadership program and was very instrumental in helping to get the ball rolling. We put the word out that we wanted to discuss at the February 2018 chamber lunch meeting. Not only was the attendance was at capacity for the meeting, the response was overwhelming affirmative for starting a leadership program.”

The committee has created a program that includes a trip to Richmond in January while the General Assembly is in session along with a class project(s) that benefits the Floyd community. The interactive program topics will include a DISC self-assessment for participants as part of a focus on self, an overview of local government, practical skills for leadership, and snapshots of current community issues. All presenters are local.

Beth Burgess will serve as the Program Facilitator, working to create and maintain an environment that is conducive to learning and personal growth of leadership development for program participants.

Beth is an experienced professional and has served in a leadership capacity for various businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities both locally in Floyd and also out of state.

“I encourage anyone interested in the program to contact me with any questions, as well as candidate referrals by sending me an email to beth@leadershipfloydva.com.” Burgess said. LF has a Facebook Page – “Leadership Floyd” for those who want to be kept informed on the program.

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