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Leadership Academy nears its culmination

     There are 24 men and women from 19 different businesses throughout the Greater Elkhart Chamber who are enrolled in this year’s Leadership Academy.
     The Elkhart Leadership Academy provides a venue for an in-depth understanding of community issues. Participants gain awareness along with critical leadership skills, which are presented and then experienced.
     The Leadership Academy is designed to promote servant leadership through an awareness program combining key community issues and enhanced leadership skill development to advance community stewardship.
     “They learn about themselves, about issues that arise in the workplace. They meet new people who become trusted contacts in their professional network,” says Denise Polachek, VP of Business Development and staff liaison to the Leadership council. “This is real life experience; day-to-day workplace aspects that make a prepared, well-balanced professional.”
     Of the nine different focus days, which include diversity, education, a team-building overnight retreat, quality of life, and government, the class recently experienced the Midwest Museum of American Art, Time Was Museum with Elkhart City Historian Paul Thomas, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Bristol and a team-building exercise at Wine & Canvas.
     Soon the group will spend a day getting to know the local educational systems, present their community projects and prepare for Eureka Day, the group’s graduation, which will be held May 13 in the Crystal Ballroom at The Lerner.
     For more information about this year’s graduation or next year’s academy, please contact Denise at, call (574) 293-1531 or search “leadership” at

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