Leadership Programs

Our leadership training programs have been modeled across these United States, and with good reason. Leadership Salem, our adult program, has trained nearly 30 years of business and community leaders.  View upcoming Leadership events in our calendar.

Leadership Youth

Instilling hope, inspiring vision, and opening doors of opportunity and commitment—that is the essence of Leadership Youth. With gang activity and the disturbing trend of increased disconnection of our youth from nuclear family relationships, community leaders and leadership organizations must step forward to act now. We must build bridges between our youth and their community.

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Leadership Salem Schedule

Each of the 10 one-day sessions focuses on a different theme: leadership, community history and culture, natural resources, business and commerce, education, legal systems, human resources, government and volunteerism. The year concludes with a community service project.

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Leadership Salem Quotes

Here's what past participants have said about Leadership Salem:

“As I look back at last year’s Leadership Salem experience, I had expected to learn a lot about Salem and the community needs that we face, but I did not expect to meet such a great group of friends.  I very much enjoyed the time spent with my classmates. Each program day had great content that was well organized, the highlight for me was definitely the people!”
Eric Templeton, Amerititle, Class of 2008

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Leadership Salem

Leadership Salem is the premier opportunity to learn why Salem is such a great city. Participants develop and refine leadership skills, and create lasting bonds with other upcoming leaders. This program is recognized by businesses, employers and decision-makers as an important part of a leader’s preparation to serve in our community.

Organized by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, this program has been financially supported by the sponsorship of local businesses, for over 25 years.  Its mission is to expose highly motivated and interested people to the community and its issues for the purpose of preparing them to serve in volunteer leadership positions.

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Leadership Salem Alumni

Tim Abshire (‘88)

Katherine Adams (‘88)

Laurie Adams (‘93)

Leslie K. Adams (’01)

Douglas C. Alexander II (‘89)

Ryan Allbritton ('06)

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Leadership Salem Class of 2014

Roster for the Leadership Salem Class of 2014:

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