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Leadership Putnam

Leadership Putnam's mission is to develop an informed, diverse network of community leaders with a shared commitment to uniting our communities by providing ongoing leadership to make Putnam County a better place to live and work.

2024 Leadership Putnam Program

Program classes will be twice a month (2nd & 4th Thursday) from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for four months, except for SIMSOC.  Additional classes may be scheduled before the start of the program date, which may include Saturdays for field trips.  All sessions will be held at the Putnam County Chamber unless otherwise noted. Class Size is limited to (24) participants.  Tuition for the program is $675 for Chamber Members.  Tuition covers all expenses related to the course.

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Opening Session: General overview of the Leadership Program and basic understanding of our Chamber and community. (1 hour orientation)

Simulated Society (SIMSOC): LP Kickoff: An interactive simulation that presents real world problems to the participants. This section of the program is a mandatory requirement for graduation.  (Saturday 8 hours)

Economic Growth & Government: During this section of the program participants will hear from some of our Constitutional Officers, governmental officials and economic development staff and learn what drives our local economy and what roles each play.

Health & Justice: Participants will obtain a better understanding of current healthcare delivery systems and the mental health/addiction crisis and how it affects our community.  The Judicial component will be an overview of the system by the Clerk of Courts, a Judge and a local law enforcement agent.

Agriculture: Participants will be able to develop a broader understanding of the economic impact of agriculture, the struggles they endure and the role it plays in Putnam County.

Personal Leadership: Participants will gain personal awareness and receive great tips and tools for improving their leadership skills.

Education: In this session participants will learn what issues face our educational system from preschool to college and how our educational leaders are addressing them.

Business in Putnam:  Participants will hear from 2 panels – one comprised of small business owners/managers and the other comprised of large industry representatives.

Closing/Graduation: The evening will be a celebration with graduates receiving certificates (or something) recognizing the class as they begin down the path of becoming a more informed leader.


Attendance Policy: Each participant is responsible for attending all sessions of Leadership Putnam.  However, in some occupations, it is recognized that last minute conflicts do occur beyond the control of the participant.  You are responsible for notifying staff of any conflict that results in your absence.  Any participant with 2 absences shall not be allowed to graduate from the current class. NOTE:  SIMSOC session is a mandatory requirement for graduation from the program.

Alumni: Upon completion of Leadership Putnam, graduates have the advantage of serving on the Leadership Development Committee to continue the mission of grooming leaders of tomorrow.


Leadership Development Committee Members:  Chairman Gina Sims, Benjie Bates, Karla Flagg-Wright, Derek Hembree, Les Sims, staff Daisy Quiles, Julie Linton, and Dana Jones

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