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Leadership Program Applications Due September 7

Venango County’s rural communitieLeadership Venango Logos, like others across the country, are competing to recruit and retain individuals who will not only live here, but will work and be actively engaged in contributing to making this a better place. More than ever, our communities need to be developing local leaders, those who have the best interest of others in mind, whether it be in their families, the workplace or in the community.

Opportunities to learn leadership can be limited, with resources of time and money being a deterrent to many employers providing training. Families and communities are stretched thin, making it difficult to commit dedicated time to attend training or simply build meaningful relationships in the community.

Leadership Venango is designed to build executive level skills, through a variety of programs and hands-on learning activities, while introducing class participants to a more in-depth knowledge of our area. With presentations from local leaders and curriculum developed by leadership programs from across the country, individuals will be better prepared to respond to community needs, advance professionally and work in teams.

Participants are welcomed from the business and non-profit community. Sending your employees to Leadership Venango is an investment in their future and in the community.

Learn more and apply for the program by visiting


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango – Preparing Our Future Leaders

The Venango Chamber will launch Leadership Venango this September, a nine-month program designed to strengthen leadership and professional development skills of current and future business leaders.

The program, one of more than 50 professional leadership programs throughout the state, will begin with a two-day retreat (September 21 & 22) and continue with full-day sessions on the second Wednesday of each month through May, with graduation held in June.

Each session will be around a leadership topic, have a focus on regional assets and include interactive activities. Class participants will leave the program with a richer understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the Venango Area and will be better tooled for positive impact in their businesses and community.

The cost of the class is $950. Tuition covers all program materials, instructors, the opening retreat, lunches, and administrative cost. Tuition is non-refundable.

Attendance and full participation is required at every session, the two-day retreat, and graduation, unless an emergency arises. In which case, only two excused absences for emergency situations will be allowed. Additional time may be required for some session participation and other program elements.

More information and an application will be available in June at

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leading Through Difficult Times

Each day seems to usher in more bad news about the economy. It seems as if no business is left untouched. As we struggle to make our way we look to our leaders for direction. Today I had the good fortune to visit with a number of community leaders, as I do most days. Under intense scrutiny these members of our community, who today included Mayor Sonja Hawkins and the new president of UPMC Northwest, David Gibbons, are committed to leading their organizations and our community into the future with optimism. Clearly we identify them in their roles, but have you considered your role as a leader?

Regardless of whether it’s a team of many, a small business or only a few friends and family, chances are someone’s depending on you. Now is a great time to reevaluate how your treating those you lead. Are you considering what others are up against as you set out each day. Will you set a good example or join the ranks of those who would prefer to play the blame game, finding fault with our recognized leaders. If you’re up to it, take a look at what’s really important and find way to lift people up. Need a little help…