Leadership skills are esteemed in and outside of the workplace. Their value doubles once the impact can be observed by the local community as well as employers.
The Denton Chamber of Commerce LEAD Delegate Program has been bringing together leaders of Chamber businesses since 2011. It was created in order to improve relations among the organization, its members and the community.
This volunteer-based program is divided into three coalitions: Host, Outreach and Welcome.
Each serve a special purpose to build relationships with chamber members and to make members feel welcome, according to 2013-2014 LEAD Chair Amanda Crocker.
“Each coalition has specific tasks and goals,” Crocker said. “The Welcome Coalition build relationships with new members and the Host Coalition attends and assists with events. Our Outreach Coalition is responsible for building relationships with existing members.”
Crocker said the ability to get more involved within the Chamber and the business community is a great opportunity.
“Not only do the delegates advocate for the Chamber and build relationships with the Chamber members, but it results in building your network as well,” Crocker said.
As 2013-2014 Host Coalition Director, Monica Glenn looks forward to meeting everyone who attends Chamber events.
“We (Host Coalition) want everyone to feel welcome at any event they attend,” Glenn said, “Having a small part of that is very rewarding.”
Glenn said she has developed several friendships from being a LEAD delegate and encourages anyone who loves Denton to apply for the program.
The application period is usually each February and delegates are announced in March.
Crocker and Glenn believe the successes from the2013-2014 year will translate into the April 2014-March 2015 program year.
Larry Parker, 2014-2015 Chairman of the Board, hopes to see the group grow and for more Chamber members to get involved.
“We are extremely fortunate to have so many talented individuals involved now with this program,” Parker said. “LEAD is a model created to cultivate eager helping hands for the Chamber staff in bringing the membership closer to our core purposes.”
The Denton Chamber of Commerce encourages Chamber members to apply each year.
LEAD participants must be members in “good standing” and must be willing and able to make a one-year commitment to the program.
Those selected are required to attend the annual LEAD retreat and pay a $25 participant fee.
Following are the coalition directors and delegates:
Host coalition director: Monica Glenn, Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites
Outreach coalition director: Micah Pazoureck, AlphaGraphics
Welcome coalition director: Jacee Jones, Bill Utter Ford
Host: Carolyn Bernard, Shannon Bryan, Roger Cox, Jeffery Davis, Courtney Kennedy, Ryan Mayer, Zach Steward.
Outreach: Lauren Barker, Rochelle Cummings, Sarah Hoffman, Anthony Kendrick, Susan Miller, Mike Pope, Luis Reyes, Chris Stoner, Duke York.
Welcome: Tom Atchison, Stefani Buller, Wendy Chance, Rob Chatwin, Kathy Glasschroeder, Linda Horne, Hector Mendoza, Caroline Moran, Benjamin Smith, Tim Weicht.
by: Brianna Vela