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Leadership Cumberland County

    Leadership Cumberland County

    Cumberland County has been fortunate in having leadership from all sectors of the County. However, it is necessary to replenish the supply of leadership; leaders who are informed, skilled and vigorous individuals capable of understanding community problems, interpreting facts related to them and influencing decisions based on these facts.

    Leadership Cumberland County assures a continuous source of strong leadership by establishing a leadership program for existing and emerging leaders who will assume responsible positions in neighborhoods and communities throughout Cumberland County. The program's objectives focus on establishing a network of leaders; providing a means to ramp-up new leaders as they enter the County; identifying emerging leaders; valuing diversity as a resource county-wide; and encouraging the development of pride in Cumberland County.

    Goal: Leadership Cumberland County acquaints participants with a broad understanding of public problems, the workings of State and local government, the civic challenges facing all of us and the role the community plays in solving problems.

    Class Structure: Twenty-four participants are accepted into the class on an annual basis. Approximately half of the participants represent charter members of the program, with the remaining class participants determined through an application and selection process. Current charter memberships are held by the following organizations:

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland County
    • Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce
    • The CEO Group
    • Cumberland County Board of Agriculture
    • Cumberland County Association of School Administrators
    • Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders
    • Cumberland County College
    • Cumberland Empowerment Zone, Corp
    • Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce
    • South Jersey Healthcare
    • Human Resources Association of Southern New Jersey
    • Tri-County Community Action Partnership

    Participant Commitment: Leadership Cumberland County class participants commit to the following upon acceptance into the program:

    • attendance at the program retreat/orientation session
    • attendance at a minimum of seven Community Learning Day sessions
    • maintaining the confidence of my fellow classmates and presenters concerning shared material and opinions
    • acceptance and disclosure of the LCC Conduct Policy
    • and, payment of the program tuition

    Alumni from HRA: The following represent the Leadership Cumberland County alumni:

    • John H Knoop, Jr, AKziom Consulting, 2001
    • Laurie LaTorre, Cumberland Insurance, 2002
    • Phyllis East, Seabrook Brothers & Sons, Inc, 2003
    • Wendy Whisler, Wheaton Industries, 2004
    • Sherri Stephens, Groupe SEB USA, 2005
    • Deborah Springfield, Century Savings Bank, 2006
    • Beth Meremianin, South Jersey Healthcare, 2007
    • James Strahan, Gerresheimer Glass, 2008
    • Carol Chapman, NJ Career Center, 2009
    • Tiffany Corliss, Cumberland Insurance Group, 2013
    • Suzie Crandall, Nipro Glass, 2016

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