Leadership Pocatello is designed to prepare and build leadership in the Greater Pocatello area. It brings together experienced and motivated individuals from the various sectors of our community in an on-going program, which provides a broad overview of the Greater Pocatello area and develops further leadership skills.
· Inform and expose participants to concerns in our community, challenges and potential solutions.
· Provide an opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas.
· Motivate and encourage participants to become involved in the Chamber and the Greater Pocatello Community.
A limited number of people will have the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Program each year. Participants are selected on their own merits and will represent a cross section of the community: men and women from different careers, educational, political, social, and cultural backgrounds. Participants must be a member in good standing of the Chamber of Commerce.
A selection committee will endeavor to select a balanced class based on the idea that a major portion of new knowledge and understanding of the community will come from personal interaction within the group.
The four basic characteristics desired in participants are:
1. An ability to set and achieve personal goals
2. An availability of time and resources to give to community service.
3. A demonstrated commitment to the Greater Pocatello Area.
4. An interest in being trained in community leadership.
The Leadership Pocatello class program begins with a one day orientation in September and continues with a series of monthly day-long session that end in May. When possible, sessions will be held at sites within the community which are pertinent to the seminar topics. Each session will feature prominent speakers who will address specific community issues. The sessions are designed to provide a series of educational and participatory experiences in which participants discuss information and issues related to the seminar topics. After the sessions end, class member are required to participate actively for one year in the Leadership Diplomat program in order to qualify to graduate.
Board of Directors
President-Dean Hazen, National Weather Service
President Elect-Tenae Simpson, Holiday Inn
Past President-Stan Christensen, Simplot
Treasurer-Dena Green, First American Title
Project Chair-Melissa Rashke, First American Title
Secretary- Rob Patton, City of Pocatello
Lead Facilitator-Tara Tankink, Hampton Inn
Chamber Board Liaison-Mark Lupo,
Idaho Power Company
Mike Schwartz-Citizens Community Bank
Nancy Herrick-Farmers Insurance
Staff Liaison-Matt Hunter
Leadership Pocatello has been instrumental in completing many projects within our community such as:
Simplot Square and Additional Improvements
Landscaping project at Frediregill Road & Fourth Avenue
"Welcome to Pocatello" signs at Interstate off ramps
Flower baskets hanging from lamp posts in Old Town
Sponsorship of a room in the new Chamber Facility
Leadership Diplomat Park at Bannock County Fairgrounds
Leadership Pocatello began in Pocatello in 1984.
Contribution to public art display at Marshall Public Library
1st Annual Paintfest Team (2003)
Our Founding Father, Dick Sagness, retired from ISU