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Chamber, Leadership Dublin program are merging

The groups will be able to consolidate costs and expand their offerings

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Leadership Dublin has returned to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The two Dublin nonprofit organizations are merging to consolidate costs and improve offerings.

Leadership Dublin was originally founded by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, but eventually began operating as a separate nonprofit, said Jennifer Jakse, the chamber's chief operating officer.

"Their meetings have always been here (at the chamber offices)," Jakse said.

"They've always been associated with the chamber," she said.

"Over the last four or five years we saw the need to bring it back to the chamber.

"Their board of directors approached us and asked us."

Leadership Dublin's sole part-time employee Karen Hardin was absorbed into the chamber's staff and the group will operate under the umbrella of the Dublin Chamber Civic Foundation.

"Our board of directors met and decided it would help conserve costs and consolidate expenses," Jakse said.

"We'll dissolve the Leadership Dublin 501 3C and it would roll into the chamber foundation."

The nine-month Leadership Dublin program offered since 1995 that educates residents about the community and leadership will still be offered, but in a slightly different form.

"We already have youth and young professional programming," Jakse said.

"It will be an executive program designed to be more robust."

Leadership programs already done by the chamber have been winners, Jakse said.

"Our young professional leadership academy has been extremely successful," she said.

"We have a waiting list."

The youth program will continue in Dublin City Schools and the young professionals program will focus on personal and self development.

The executive leadership program will be a little different from the previous Leadership Dublin program, running October through May.

"It will be a shortened program to make it more accessible for executives to participate," Jakse said.

"The individual evenings will be longer. It will be a more robust program in a shorter period of time," Jakse said.

One component of the Leadership Dublin program that will not change is community outreach.

Classes divided into groups and helped different local nonprofits make improvements.

Program students also ran the Community Service Day each spring.

"One of the groups (that graduated last year) helped with the Dublin Special Olympics," Jakse said.

"They have asked us to see if another group could take it one step further.

"The program has been invaluable for local nonprofits for business people to come together and study the issues and suggest solutions," Jakse said.

The new chamber executive leadership program already has a few signed up. The program begins in October.

"Both boards of directors were looking at ways to consolidate expenses and overhead, and make sure the program is around for generations to come," Jakse said.

"They felt it was that important that this program remain in our community," she said.

"I felt so good once we had our meetings and heard comments.

"So many leaders have gone through it and they really felt this is something we couldn't let go of. We have to continue it for the betterment of the community."

For more information or to sign up for the new executive leadership program, look online at dublinchamber.org/leadershipdublin.

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