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Leadership Otsego County


Leadership Otsego County is designed to identify emerging leaders in Otsego County who might well participate in future civic leadership roles. It will provide them with the essential leadership skills to plan for and respond to future Otsego County challenges, while helping them to gain an understanding of the various sectors of the community and the needs within each sector.

For additional information about the Leadership Otsego County program, contact the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce at 989-732-6333 or paul@gaylordmichigan.net

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Develop and strengthen leaders for a stronger community

Program Goals:

  • Provides exposure to community strengths and weaknesses
  • Increase understanding of various sectors of the community
  • Foster commitment to community service
  • Present opportunities for personal and professional growth



Leadership Otsego County is focused on developing a diverse network of informed community leaders. It provides benefits at three levels:

Community – Graduates will be more effective in their efforts to productively serve and better our community through enhanced individual commitment, increased knowledge and understanding of community issues, systems and decision-making processes, and expanded connections and contacts.

Employer/Organization – Graduates will add value to their employers/organizations through improved personal leadership and communication skills, deeper knowledge and broader perspective, and increased connections within the community.

Personal – Graduates will experience personal and professional growth and gain enhanced leadership and communication skills, a new and more diverse network of friends and community contacts, a greater knowledge of their community, and increased involvement in community activities.

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Leadership Otsego County is open to anyone that lives or works in Otsego County and has an interest in learning about and becoming involved in the community.Approximately 15 individuals will be selected to participate in each class. Participants must attend all sessions and activities. Candidates will be required to submit a detailed application, including a description of their goals, personal definition of leadership, and expectations of the program. Their employer must sign off on their participation. Selection will be made by the Leadership Otsego County Steering Committee.

Personal Commitment To The Program:

The Leadership Otsego County Program is an extensive commitment but well worth it!

If accepted into the program, your commitment will require attendance at one Leadership Module per month (approximately 8 hours or less), from September – May, a Welcome Reception in August, an orientation in September and a graduation ceremony in June. You must also commit additional time (approximately 8 hours per month) to extra activities such as class project work and homework. Each Leadership Module will begin at approximately 7:30am and end no later than 5:00pm.

Enrolling in the Program:

To enroll in the next Leadership Otsego County Program; use the link below.

2017/2018 Tentative Module Schedule

Sample Agenda

Download Application 2017-2018

Congratulations to our Recent Graduates!



CLASS OF 2017:

Arielle Breen, Gaylord Herald Times

Ashley Troumbly, Flexible Staffing

Justin Maves, Alpine Tavern & Eatery

Courtney Willits, Cutting Edge Computers

Alex Hughes, Treetops Resort

Katie Buckler, Main Street Market

Cal McNamara, McNamara Insurance

Casey Nash, Chemical Bank

Meghan Hacker, Moments Photography

Jessica Hellenberg, Otsego Club & Resort



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Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce

319 W. Main P.O. Box 513 Gaylord, MI 49734
Phone: (989) 732-6333 Phone: (800) 345-8621 Fax: (989) 732-7990
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