Leadership El Dorado - Building Leaders for a Bright Future
It’s a well-known maxim that 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work, but even with that, as 2005 dawned in El Dorado County there was cause for concern.
“As we started looking around the community, we realized our leadership gene pool was getting a little shallow,” says Laurel Brent-Bumb, CEO of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. “We realized we needed to groom new leaders to ensure a strong future for the county.”
Eight years later, Leadership El Dorado – whose mission is to provide education and training to cultivate a diverse group of better skilled, highly motivated leaders with clear visions of how to lead the way to a healthier community – has two graduates in public office and is preparing to recruit its eighth class. If history is any indicator, there’ll be more applicants than slots available.
Each leadership “class” commits to a one-year curriculum, followed by a one-year service project of its own choosing. The curriculum consists of one class every month, each focused on a different aspect of what makes El Dorado County tick. One month might concentrate on health care, for example, while other sessions focus on local government, law enforcement, education and economic development, among others. “The idea is to help them learn how our community operates and where the greatest needs exist,” Brent-Bumb says. “People who have lived in El Dorado County their whole lives will come out of these sessions surprised at how much they learn.” ...