15 -16 saw the inaugural opening retreat for the new Chamber of Commerce initiative Leadership Cayman. This extraordinary programme has been in development for the past 2 ½ years as the Chamber and its LC Planning Committee worked hard to hone the course into something exceptional and relevant to the Cayman Islands.
Leadership Cayman is a programme designed to develop and enhance leadership skills by providing the means for men and women from diverse backgrounds to assume active roles in meeting community needs. It is a dynamic, intensive, and interactive six-month experience designed to leave participants with a deeper understanding of social, economic, business and political issues as well as assist them in realising their own potential and leadership skills and how best to employ them in a meaningful way.
The programme typically involves two evening seminars a month (every second Thursday) and class members must attend nine out of the 11 to graduate. Seminar topics include Media in our Community, Criminal Justice, Your Government, Sister Island Perspective, Diversity, Human Services & Health Care, Financial Services, Stayover & Cruise Tourism, Sustainable Development & The Environment, Cultural Arts, and Education. Seminars will include expert guest speakers from both the Cayman Islands and overseas.
Upon graduation participants will be invited to join the Leadership Cayman Alumni Association, which will allow them to network with other alumni from the Cayman Islands and also other leadership programmes from North America. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in playing a more active role in our community as well as developing their own skills as a leader and influencer.
The Chamber of Commerce was first introduced to the programme through the St. Petersburg, Florida, Chamber of Commerce by local businessman Linton Tibbetts. His nephew Jeff Brandes had completed the Leadership St. Pete course in Florida and the whole family had been impressed with the content and ‘big picture’ thinking. Mr. Tibbetts thought it would work very well in our own Cayman community. Jeff is now serving as the LC Planning Committee’s Chairman for 2010 and has been instrumental in the programme’s development.
Interested persons who wish to apply for the 2010-2011 programme year should contact Mrs. Joanne Diaz-Berry at the Chamber of Commerce on 949-8090 ext.123. Not all applicants will be accepted for the programme due to the limited number of spaces. Each Leadership Cayman Course will accept 21 participants. (As an exception to this the inaugural class, accepted 22 applicants, four members of the Chamber of Commerce, and two LC Planning Committee members.)