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Leadership Forsyth looking to fill class

Sessions in March offer information

POSTED: March 7, 2014 12:04 a.m.

CUMMING — A Forsyth County leadership training program is looking for new recruits.

Three information sessions for anyone interested in becoming part of Leadership Forsyth’s class of 2015 will be held throughout March.

The first session will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Other sessions will follow from noon to 1 p.m. March 18 at Northside Hospital-Forsyth and from 5 to 6 p.m. March 25 at the Forsyth County Board of Education office.

“These sessions are for individuals who are looking to be more engaged and aware of our community and also looking to develop their leadership skills,” said Tammi Bramblett, executive director of the program.

“They are a way for people to understand more about our program, what we’re all about, the expectations and a great time to have questions answered from people who have gone through the program.”

Leadership Forsyth is a 10-month program in which participants take part in monthly, daylong class sessions and various field trips to learn more about the county and receive leadership training.

Participants also take part in a class orientation, two-day retreat and work on a class project, which will in some way serve the community.

Bramblett said the program has worked with the University of North Georgia in recent years to provide master’s degree-level leadership classes.

“We’re now able to offer continuing education units for our graduates who attend the [class] sessions,” she said. “So that’s a big plus for certain individuals in some professions.”

Each year, a class of 25 to 35 is chosen to join the some 600 alumni of the organization, more than 70 percent of whom, according to the organization’s website, are involved in some form of civic or community service.

Anyone interested in applying for the program must attend one of the three information sessions. Bramblett said an R.S.V.P. is “requested but not required.”

“But if someone suddenly realizes they have some extra time and wants to come to one of the sessions, I don’t want them to feel like they can’t just because they haven’t signed up,” she said. “We want everyone who is interested to attend.”

Leadership Forsyth seeks a diverse group of individuals for every class, according to Bramblett.

“When we say diversity, we mean that at all levels — people from different professional backgrounds, different areas of the community, time they’ve lived here, everything.”

She said there has been quite a bit of interest in this year’s program, but there are “still seats available at all the information sessions.”

“We just really want to fill the rooms and spread awareness of our organization and tell them about our mission and what we have to offer.”


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