Since the Pandemic, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Academy program has been revised and improved. It still offers the opportunity to learn about major organizations in the Aurora region through a field-trip-based model. “The past two years, more emphasis has been given to leadership philosophy and practices,” said Dr. William “Bill” Marzano, retired higher education administrator and professor with Waubonsee Community College, who facilitates the program. “Participants study the most mature and demanding model of leadership commonly known as ‘Servant Leadership.’"
The structure of the organizations visited by Leadership Academy students share and exemplify the Servant Leadership philosophy and practices in action. Adds Dr. Marzano, “Participants’ personal and professional networks take a gigantic leap forward due to this experience.”
This year's program will focus on the unique strengths of the Aurora community, including the unique positioning and potential of the Aurora region, and will highlight discussions on community and economic development, local government and cultural diversity, as well as civil and social services.