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In September 2021, a group of 26 individuals were welcomed into a community of leaders. The Leadership Greater Concord (LGC) program includes ten full-day sessions that explore aspects of Concord’s community, government, development, and key resources and services. Although LGC is known for offering deep insight on the Capital Region, the bonds formed between classmates and presenters have been the highlight of this leadership program.
“I was able to learn so much about the city, but learning from the others in the class was the best part. Everybody brought themselves, without reservations, and the openness and humility was refreshing. I can't say enough great things about the course and the group.” – Member of LGC class of 2021
This year’s class includes individuals from a variety of industries, representing medicine, mental health, finance, senior care, law, real estate, construction, education, Concord’s fire and police departments and more. After completing an application and interview, accepted applicants began the program with a retreat. This day-long event focuses on creating trusting relationships between classmates. After forging these bonds, the class is able to address and discuss challenging issues, ask difficult questions and share insights brought to light during the session days. Participants discover that they are connected by their passion for the Greater Concord community.
“[What I liked about the retreat was] getting to know something about each person, meeting amazing people who are leaders in the Greater Concord area.”. – Member of LGC class of 2022
After getting to know each other, these leaders begin their exploration of our community with a session day focusing on history and culture. This is a great introduction to the aspects that define the Capital Region. The day begins with a walking tour of downtown Concord, with stops at key locations and stories about the history of the city. Past tours have included a ghost story from the Pennacook-Abenaki People, rooftop tours of historical buildings and previews of future development projects. The session day also includes a live performance of traditional Nepalese music and a Colombian dance performance from Sindy Chown of Barranquilla Flavor. These local artists will share insight on their experiences living in Concord and discuss how their work has diversified the capital city’s art scene.
“It was awesome to have music and dancing representing different cultures in Concord.” – Member of LGC class of 2021
The LGC program continues through May with thought-provoking session days featuring speakers such as Governor Sununu, Mayor Bouley, Chief Osgood of Concord Police Department, CEO Jim Schachter of New Hampshire Public Radio and Dr. Elizabeth Daly, MHP, Chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control. LGC participants have personal conversations with these presenters and continue to engage with them after graduation. We’re proud that LGC graduates go on to work in the community by serving on nonprofit boards, becoming elected officials and by leading their industries through professional excellence.
“[This is] the best opportunity to learn more about Concord. The sessions build upon each one so at the end there is no reason not to get involved whether [as] a non-profit board member or as a volunteer!” – Member of LGC Class of 2021
The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce also fosters leadership for young adults. The Capital Area Student Leadership Program (CASL) is based on the LGC program, and offers the opportunity for high school sophomores throughout the region to connect with many of these renowned speakers. CASL participants have conversations about local government, discuss challenges in the capital city and develop public speaking skills. Like the adult program graduates, these young leaders have gone on to impact the Greater Concord community in significant ways. Former CASL participants have received national awards for their volunteerism, led their school’s Best Buddies—a program that facilitates relationships between students with disabilities and their peers—and spoken to hundreds of activists at the 2020 Black Lives Matter rally in Concord, all before graduating from high school.
“I learned that in order to succeed, money isn't the only thing that truly determines success. Rather [it’s] the impact you've made on others that truly makes one successful.” – Member of CASL Class of 2021
The LGC and CASL programs provide individuals with the opportunity to get to know all aspects of the Capital Region, and introduces leaders to each other and encourages them to work together. Collaboration between individuals, organizations and businesses can help us develop the communities we live and work in. This can spark new projects, encourage an inclusive culture and strengthen our business climate. If you’re interested in having a deeper impact on your community, you can learn more about LGC online at concordnhchamber.com/leadership. If you know a young leader who is looking to get more involved in the community, encourage them to visit concordnhchamber.com/casl. We hope you’ll join our community of leaders making an impact in the Greater Concord area.
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Incorporated in 1919, New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce—the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce—develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate and enhances quality of life in the Capital region.