The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce is currently recruiting candidates for Leadership Northbrook, an eight session program that offers a comprehensive look at the inner workings of Northbrook. The class is open to residents and/or area professionals who are interested in learning more about the community or becoming more involved in civic activities.
The program features presentations from top level civic, business and government officials, along with private tours of some of the Village’s signature businesses and community resources. The class meets once a month on the second Friday morning at different locations.
Leadership Northbrook’s goal is to deepen the understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Village of Northbrook and the North Shore region, while establishing networks among emerging leaders. Many graduates go on to serve on Village boards and commissions as well as nonprofit organizations. Recent alumni include Village Trustee Jason Han, Northbrook Park District Executive Director Molly Hamer, Northbrook Library Executive Director Kate Hall, Plan Commission members Mark DeBartolo and Johanna Hebl, and Industrial Commercial Development Commission (ICDC) member Ron Goldblatt.
The class is a valuable resource to those who are new to the community, helping them make contacts and connections. “As I was new to the area and working in Northbrook, Leadership was invaluable to me to begin to understand the community,” comments Maggie Thomann, Northbrook Public Library. “I was amazed at the wealth of resources, vibrant businesses and active organizations that I learned about through the program. I have already been able to make connections that I hope will lead to further partnerships.”
The half day sessions are scheduled on the morning of the second Friday of each month starting September 7 through April 12. The class kicks off with a driving tour of important Northbrook landmarks and is held at a different location each month, including the Village Hall, Techny Towers, Glenbrook North High School, and Glenbrook Hospital. Tours of prominent businesses are also on the agenda, including UL, Bernhard Woodwork, Northbrook Court and Highland Baking.
Topics covered in the Leadership program include an understanding of Northbrook’s rich history, an overview of municipal government, planning and zoning issues, opportunities and challenges of the Northbrook business climate; transportation highlights, educational resources, and life safety services. One of the most popular sessions is the Park District’s Teams Challenge Course at Meadowhill Park, which involves fun exercises that help participants get to know each other as well as identify leadership traits.
Cost to attend is $250 and includes all class materials and catering. Registration is requested before Friday, August 24. To register, please call the Chamber office at (847)498-5555.