Andy A. Hafen, Mayor
City of Henderson
“Leadership Henderson brings immeasurable benefits to our community, not only through the preparation and engagement of our future business leaders, but also through class projects that help our underserved residents. Many of the City of Henderson’s key managers have graduated from Leadership Henderson and it is apparent to me that the program has instilled in them a sense of responsibility for finding solutions to the challenges we face, a drive to improve the programs and services that the City provides, and a desire to stay involved and volunteer in the community.”
Leadership Henderson is a non-profit organization under the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Designed as a program of exploration and examination, Leadership Henderson examines issues, asks critical questions and strives to provide answers that do not conform to the status quo. The program is an eight-month course devoted to educating and empowering civic-minded professionals with a goal of building and maintaining a strong network of effective community leaders. Through panel presentations by community leaders and experts, simulations, plus hands-on experiences, participants learn about current issues pertaining to local economy, government, social services, health, gaming, business and education that effect the residents and businesses that call Henderson home. The program includes over 30 hours of professional leadership development by Elements Consulting. Selection of participants (both acknowledged and aspiring leaders) is based upon demonstrated leadership experience, potential, and abilities.
- Opening Session – A two-day retreat serves as an overall introduction to Leadership Henderson and the study of leadership. Activities focus on developing strong working relationships between participants, identifying and evaluating the characteristics of leadership, and distinguishing each participant’s leadership style.
- Monthly Sessions – Full-day sessions are the first Friday of every month, held at various locations throughout the community and consist of panel discussions, lectures, community tours and interactive exercises, which include face-to-face discussions with top-level business, civic and governmental leaders.