As Blount County and its needs have changed over the last thirty years, Leadership Blount has aspired to meet those needs through its programming. After a year-long strategic planning process in 2017, Leadership Blount revamped its core program to introduce a more dynamic, issue-driven curriculum to further tackle the issues in our county.
In Leadership Blount’s core program, comprehensive class days are designed to build relationships, enhance leadership skills, increase civic engagement, and to improve community understanding that leads to positive impact on Blount County. The curriculum committee and staff plan and conduct full-day, issue-driven sessions each month from August through May. Class members also attend a two-day Opening Retreat and a Legislative Trip to Nashville.
Class members have a direct connection to community leaders and a direct impact on our community. The class is designed for experienced leaders who are expected to participate through research, group facilitation, and problem solving focusing on our community’s most critical issues. A personal commitment and a class commitment are made to the community for lifelong service. The Leadership Blount core experience does not end with the 10-month program. Participating in the alumni organization is expected and encouraged. The class is selected by a volunteer committee of alumni based on nominations received from the community and an in-depth application.
Tuition is charged and covers some fees and course materials, as well as some meals and transportation. Optional or special activities may require additional costs. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available for eligible candidates. The tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable after payment is received.