• Community Leadership

  • Community Leadership Wenatchee Valley is a nine month commitment to personal growth, professional development, and community awareness. Participants develop a broad knowledge of the Wenatchee Valley and key issues facing the region as they hear from community leaders and tour local facilities. Participants become a strong network of informed and motivated citizen leaders who guide the future growth of the Wenatchee Valley. Whether you have lived in the area for a short time or for decades, CLWV will open your eyes to new challenges and opportunities and the role you can play in the future of the region.

    Topics Covered:

    • Economic Development
    • Wenatchee Valley History
    • Agriculture
    • Healthcare
    • Education
    • Public Safety
    • Social & Health Services
    • Hydropower
    • Local Government
    • State Government/Trip to Olympia see the 2018 visit
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    Application and Tuition: Class size is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Tuition for 2019-20 is $800 for Chamber members and $875 for non-members.  One $400 scholarship is available (see application). 


    September 13, 2019 - Kick-off Retreat

    October 14, 2019 - Agriculture

    November 8, 2019 - Education

    December 13, 2019 - Healthcare

    January 10, 2020 - TBA

    February - TBD - TBA

    March 6, 2020 - TBA

    April 10, 2020 - TBA

    May 8, 2020 - TBA

    June 12, 2020 - Apple Capital Bike Ride and Graduation BBQ

    (exceptions to this schedule will be announced 30 days prior to a class).  Locations vary each month between Chelan and Douglas County facilities. Sessions begin at 8:30 am and conclude by 4:00 pm.  Lunch is included.

    Graduation: Successful completion of the program ends with a graduation ceremony with employers, friends, and family in June. Graduates are then invited to become members of the CLWV Alumni Group. 

    Apply to Community Leadership: for an application, please email jerrilea@wenatchee.org or call 509-662-2116

     What did graduates have to say...

    “It was a valuable opportunity to network with a number of community leaders while experiencing diverse exposure to businesses and other organizations in our community”

    Tom Robbins
    Chief of Police - retired
    Wenatchee Police Department 

    “Having the opportunity to meet a group of business leaders and develop relationships that have continued through the years has been invaluable. Learning about and touring many of the different businesses that operate in our communities opened our eyes to what all our valley has to offer. It was a great experience."

    Lynn Bourton, PHR
    Administrative Services Manager
    Link Transit

    “It was a very educational and helpful program to have the opportunity to learn more about organizations and companies in our valley.  Also, a wonderful resource to network with other professionals in different fields. I thoroughly enjoyed the program.”

    Carole Keane
    Managing Broker
    Coldwell Banker LaVigne

     “The WVCC Leadership Program provides a fantastic opportunity to learn from one another, share operational and leadership strategies across a host of industries and develop within each of us the capacity to not only lead within our own industries but in the greater community as well.”

    George Velasquez
    Chelan PUD



    Jerrilea Crawford
    Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
    137 N. Wenatchee Ave. Suite 101
    Wenatchee, WA 98801
    509-662-2116 – jerrilea@wenatchee.org