Leadership Academy

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DeKalb Leadership Academy expands your network and further develops your leadership perspective through community exposure and engagement. Maximizing employee potential and encouraging active participation in business and the community are among the goals of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Academy.

Leadership Topics

  • Personal Evaluation and Development
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Personal Leadership Styles
  • Networking Skills
  • Group & Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Business Etiquette
  • Community Service Experiences
  • Overview of Local Nonprofits
  • Public Policy Discussions
  • Government Affairs
  • Overview of Health Care in our Community
  • Tours of Relevant Area Facilities
  • Overview of Area Educational Institutions
  • Community Stewardship
  • Better Understanding of Sustainable Economic Vitality of the Area
  • Community Class Project(s)

2021-2022 Class Members

Peyton Adams - 94.9 WDKB
Daveyon Bradley - Sundog
Jessica Brady - Family Service Agency
Earnell Brown III - Sir Donald Foundation
Melinda Cattell - DeKalb High School
Catherine Doederlein - Northern Illinois University
Katie Keenon - Northwestern Medicine
Dominique McIntyre - Opportunity House
Kirsti McNeece - Heartland Bank
​Claudia Moreno - First Midwest Bank
Sara Myers - OC Creative
​Pete Plauck - 3M
Brandon Pugh - Egyptian Theatre
Kelsey Rettke - Daily Chronicle
Holly Robisch - Home2 Suites by Hilton DeKalb
Alison Taylor - Tails Humane Society
Sheridan Threadgill - Kishwaukee United Way
Katie Watts - Adventure Works
Stephanie Weinberger - FNBO
Scott Zak - City of DeKalb

Advisory Committee

Chair: Devyn Grzywa - FNBO
Tia Anderson - Heartland Bank & Trust
Erin Arnold - Fidelity Investments
Dale Boughton - Sundog
Cindy Green-Deutsch - First Midwest Bank
Jeanine Holcomb - Egyptian Theatre
Erica Huerta - FNBO
Katie Lee – RAMP
Berizabet Mishler - FNBO
Kasey Sheley - Sundog
Ed Valdez - Crum-Halsted Insurance & Risk Management
Matt Duffy – DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Academy group working together at a table

2022-2023 Applications

We are now accepting student applications! Complete the application and submit by July 15th.
Questions? Call us at (815) 756-6306.

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Graduate Testimonials

There are over 350 DeKalb Leadership Academy graduates. Listen to some of our alumni talk about how going through the program helped them become more powerful leaders.

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