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  • Leadership Waycross

  • Training Tomorrow’s Leaders … Today

    A program of the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce

    • Is an interactive, experiential, hands-on educational program;
    • Is structured to provide a forum for participants to learn about challenges and opportunities in Waycross-Ware County;
    • Is an ongoing program of One-Day sessions that begins and ends with an overnight retreat;
    • Will allow you to “see for yourself” what Waycross and Ware County has to offer;
    • Will help you to develop an awareness and appreciation of community resources, processes, problems, and issues in a personal way; and
    • Will introduce you to new friends and experiences within your community.



    The purpose of Leadership Waycross is to identify, recognize and develop leaders in the Waycross-Ware County area.

    The program is designed to be an educational experience, and, as such, we advocate for a better community without taking a position on specific issues.



    The mission of Leadership Waycross is to maintain a continuing broad base of active, informed and effective leaders for our community.



    The program is a series of one-day sessions which continues over a nine month period. These sessions include: Orientation, Bonding Retreat, Local Government Day, State Government Day, Business & Industry Day, Human Services Day, Agriculture Day, Health Day, Military Day, Education Day, Arts & Tourism Day, Vision Retreat and Graduation. Emphasis is placed on panel discussions, on-site visits, field trips, interaction and networking among Leadership Waycross class members and presenters. Each day is chaired by a graduate of the program who is responsible for setting up each day’s activities. These Day Chairs are coordinated by the Program Chairs.



    Leadership Waycross requires a serious commitment of time and energies. Orientation, Bonding and Vision retreats are mandatory and you must complete 80% attendance of the remaining action-packed sessions. You will be glad that you did!



    Class fee is $750 for each participant. This fee includes program materials, meals, overnight lodging and transportation. Partial scholarships are available, thanks to involved community leaders!



    Space is limited. Apply today! Each year the class size is limited to no more than 24 participants who are chosen from the applications submitted. Participants are selected by the Steering Committee, which is made up of active alumni members of the Leadership Waycross program. Selection of a well balanced class is important because much of the increased understanding and knowledge of the community comes from personal interactions within the group.

    Everyone has leadership roles – men and women from business, industry, religious and civic groups, minority organizations, and the arts – but only those leaders that are willing to invest their time to gain the knowledge, can become GREAT leaders. Are you ready to become a better leader in your field? Can you commit to becoming involved in making Waycross and Ware County the BEST that it can be?

    For more information on Leadership Waycross please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 912-283-3742.


    "A leader is one who takes others from where they are to where they need to go….and has them enjoy the trip.”

    Dr. J.W. Fanning
    Founder, Leadership Georgia

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