Applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Leadership Cayman development programme. Orientation sessions for the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce initiative run from 17-29 October. The deadline for applications is 2 November.
The programme brings together a class of participants for a six-month, in-depth look at issues facing the Cayman Islands. The programme is capped by a community service project to assist a local nonprofit organisation.
“It allows you to connect with so many people in the community that would not be able to otherwise,” said 2013 Leadership Cayman chairwoman Sheena Thompson, who is Caribbean Regional Head, Operational Risk, RBC Wealth Management.
Ms Thompson also said the programme offers an opportunity for personal professional development. For example, at the programme’s opening retreat, the facilitator is Eckerd College economics professor Peter Hammerschmidt, who is a senior trainer and research associate on the faculty of the College’s Leadership Development Institute.
This year’s programme starts with an orientation dinner 5 December, followed by the opening retreat 18-19 January. The 11 planned seminars cover topics such as media, criminal justice, education, the Sister Islands (two-day trip), immigration, government, healthcare, financial services, tourism, infrastructure and the environment, as well as cultural and performing arts. There also is a mid-year retreat, a graduation dinner and the class project, which class members will choose. Each seminar also includes an optional tour.
Programme co-chairman Steve McIntosh said that when a person lives in Cayman for a long time, there’s a temptation to fall into the trap of assuming you know everyone.
“The programme taught me a lot about areas of the Islands I’d never had contact with,” said Mr. McIntosh, chief executive officer of CML Offshore Recruitment.
As an example, Mr. McIntosh singled out the programme’s session on criminal justice, which included discussions with the judiciary and attorneys, as well as a tour of Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward.
In addition to criminal justice, Ms Thompson, who graduated from the 2011 programme along with Mr. McIntosh, recalled the session on tourism, which included going on a cruise ship and learning about the inner workings of a hotel.
The 45-minute orientation sessions begin at 5.30pm. The first session takes place at George Town Library on Wednesday 17 October. The other sessions take place at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Governors Square on Monday 22 October, Wednesday 24 October and Monday 29 October.
Personal interviews with the programme Planning Committee take place in the evenings 13-15 November. The 2010 class included 28 members. The 2011 class included 18 members. The 2012 class included 25 members. This year’s class is expected to be limited to 24 individuals.
Applicants should be at least 25 years old and have resided in Cayman for at least one year as of 2 November. Applications can be found on Leadership Cayman’s website and submitted by e-mail, or else delivered to the Chamber headquarters.
The application fee for potential participants is $79. Programme tuition is $1,950 for current Chamber members and $2,250 for non Chamber members. Fees are due by 30 November.
For more information, contact Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks at 949-8090 ext. 123 or e-mail [email protected]