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Leadership OBX now accepting application for 2021-22 program

Leadership OBX, a professional development program of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for the Class of 2021-2022. The Outer Banks Hospital is the title sponsor.

The Outer Banks Chamber launched Leadership OBX in 2014 to develop a cohort of business professionals with a greater understanding of the Outer Banks region and a network of individuals ready to serve on boards and in other volunteer leadership roles in the region. The primary objective of Leadership OBX is to educate business and organizational professionals about economic, demographic and social resources, as well as the successes and challenges of our diverse area.

The Class of 2021-22 runs from November 2021 through early April 2022 and includes a welcome reception, retreat (Sunday/Monday) and 10 full-day sessions every two weeks, all scheduled on Wednesdays. Program participants develop life-long friendships and enduring professional connections as well as a deeper understanding of the community we live in, stated the program announcement.

“Establishing a sense of community and enthusiastic leadership are cornerstones of the program,” stated the announcement. Chamber president and CEO Karen Brown said the program reinforces the Chamber’s commitment to the area and to developing community leaders.

“The Leadership OBX program offers a forum to enlighten and engage current and future leaders of the Outer Banks community,” said Brown. “The program provides opportunities for participants to develop and enhance their understanding of the community.”

The full tuition for the program is $500, which includes the reception, retreat and all session expenses.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who qualify. Nonprofit scholarships (partial) are also available. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet the criteria outlined on the scholarship application, which must be returned with the Leadership OBX application by September 17, 2021.

To request an application, contact Julie Tortelli, vice president – events and programs at the Chamber, at 252-441-8144 or email jtortelli@outerbankschamber.com.  Applications are also available online at www.outerbankschamber.com/leadershipobx. Deadline to apply is September 17, 2021.

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