The Leadership Lexington Steering Committee looks forward to reviewing your application. Leadership Lexington is a professional organization and the committee anticipates that applicants will provide applications that have been prepared with care, including proofreading and adherence to any guidelines outlined during application. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 14th by 5 p.m.
Note: You will need to complete your form in ONE session. Information will not be saved. You may want to view questions below, complete them in another document and copy answers over to this application if you need more time to complete.
Residents and individuals who work in the Lexington area are eligible to apply for Leadership Lexington. Applicants must be employed by firms or organizations that are active members of Commerce Lexington Inc.
Participants will be chosen by the Leadership Lexington Steering Committee based upon the information provided and the completeness of the application. Leadership Lexington is a highly competitive program for which not all may be accepted.
A holistic, competitive evaluation process is considered when selecting the Leadership Lexington Program participants. Applicants are scored based on submitted application materials, selection committee discussion and evaluation. The makeup of each year’s class is intended to reflect the diversity of our city.
Applicants will be notified by letter about this year’s class selection by mid-July.
Leadership Lexington is an eleven-month program involving a mandatory overnight orientation retreat scheduled for August 12 & 13 then a full-day session lasting eight hours each month from September through June. A Get Acquainted Reception will be held before the overnight orientation retreat. Classes meet in different locations around the community each month exploring a major topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Topics addressed include media, government, education, equine, public safety, economic development, arts, health and human services, and leadership development. At the end of the Leadership Lexington program year, a graduation is held in recognition of the class with an alumni reception following.
Leadership Lexington requires a strict time commitment. Leadership Lexington is a leadership program administered by Commerce Lexington and directed toward individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities. The program demands a strict time commitment. With the honor and privilege of being a Leadership Lexington class member is the responsibility of punctuality and wholehearted participation. Day sessions begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will run until 5:00 p.m. Class members must attend a minimum of 80 percent of all monthly sessions to graduate from the program. The orientation/overnight retreat is mandatory in effort to develop cohesion of the group from the onset of the program. Please take all the requirements into consideration before applying for the program. The community project will take additional time outside of the class sessions and participation in the project is a requirement to graduate from the program. The community projects serve as a crucible where class members will practice and apply leadership skills in a small-group experience, work with community leaders, gain an in-depth understanding of a community organization and/or community need, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Project work is done outside of regular day sessions. Meeting times and locations are determined by project group members.
If you are unable to arrive at the session on time or must be absent for a part of or an entire day, you are expected to contact the program director regarding your absence or tardiness, preferably before the class day. Absences may be reported by email or phone message to the program director.
TARDINESS OR ABSENCES
- 30 minutes tardiness = ½ day
- Any one hour segment of morning or afternoon session = ½ day
It is understood that life presents last-minute circumstances or unpredictable situations over which one has no control, e.g. such as births, deaths, accidents or surgeries. The required 80% (2 day sessions) attendance standard allows for such things as illness and business conflicts.
COVID RELATED ABSENSES
Class members will be asked to take a self-assessment prior to attending day sessions. We have created an online form for you to complete the morning of Leadership Lexington sessions. For Orientation, we ask that you complete the form both Thursday and Friday morning. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions on the self-assessment, we ask that you do not come to the session. You will be provided with a Zoom link from the program director so that you can participate in the session virtually. You will not be counted as absent if you access the session virtually.
2021-2022 Leadership Lexington Calendar (Tentative)
Due to the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in with the COVID-19 pandemic, these dates are tentative and subject to change. We will closely monitor the situation and follow the recommended guidelines for gatherings set forth by the CDC. Sessions would be adjusted accordingly.
August 12 & 13
Day Sessions: 8:00am - 5:00pm
September 9, 2021 February 10, 2022
October 14, 2021 March 10, 2022
November 11, 2021 April 14, 2022
December 9, 2021 May 12, 2022
January 13, 2022 June 9, 2022
Please make certain you are willing to commit the expected time and full engagement level before applying. Individual engagement contributes greatly to the overall experience for the group.
**If you are unable to make the necessary time commitment, it is not in your best interest to apply.
A $25.00 non-refundable application fee is due by May 14, 2021. Fee may be paid via the link below or by mail a check payable to "Commerce Lexington" and mail to P.O. Box 1968, Lexington, KY 40588. If paying by check, please include the name of applicant with payment. PAY APPLICATION FEE ONLINE HERE.
If accepted into Leadership Lexington, you and/or your company or organization will be obligated for the tuition fee of $1575. This will cover all program costs including orientation lodging, meals, materials, supplies and supplemental transportation throughout the year. Tuition payment will be due prior to Orientation. A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available, with special consideration given to representatives of non-profit organizations and small/independent businesses.