WCC in the Picayune October 2017

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October 27, 2017

The inaugural class of Leadership Westlake kicks off this January.  Many chambers of commerce sponsor a leadership program in their communities and time and again it’s proven successful at fostering relationships, building community loyalty, and preparing individuals to take their businesses to the next level.  What makes this program different from corporate leadership programs is that it goes beyond the textbook curriculums and theories.  You will be introduced to the movers and shakers in local government, get an inside look at school systems, meet the leaders of successful non-profits, and find out how their job is similar to and yet so very different from those in the corporate world.  We realize leadership is more of an art than a skill so you will get to meet with successful area businesses, tour their facilities, and ask them how they lead.  Learn the difference between leadership and management and how you might incorporate their successes into your own businesses.   
The program is open to adults in the greater Westlake area, but the class is limited to only 20 people.  Applications are due by Tuesday, October 17th at the Chamber office.  It doesn’t matter if you are a small business owner or command a staff of 500.  The relationships you make and the information you glean will help drive both your individual and your organizational behavior towards your desired objective.

The inaugural program will run January 2018 through May 2018 with future programs running September to May.  After an initial overnight Leadership Retreat that includes personality assessments, team building activities, and more, there will be five full day sessions each on the 4th Thursday of the month. 

One day will focus on the Local Economy with participants visiting local businesses to meet with the leaders that created successful organizations, and learn the “secrets of their success”.  Another day’s program will focus on Education with participants meeting leaders of the education community in Eanes School district, private schools, and non-traditional schools to understand local education issues.  

Non-profit leaders will speak about the issues that face those organizations and learn about the roles community leaders play in their success.  Later, participants will meet with Government Officials at the City, County, and State level to understand more about issues facing local entities today.  The last program will feature leaders in Medical practices and Emergency services organizations.

Applications for the inaugural class will be accepted through Oct. 17th.  The retreat kicks off the program on January 18th and the first monthly session will be January 25, 2018.

Susan Difani, Executive Director
Westlake Chamber of Commerce     
The Chamber would like to welcome our newest members the Law Office of Jennifer D. Ward, Walker Exclusive Properties, 12 Tables Jewelers, Westlake Eye Specialists, Connect Hearing, $tart up! Kids Club, Carpenter & Langford, PC, IronBridge Private Wealth, Discount Body Shop, Columbus Capital Lending, College Nannies, Sitters, & Tutors, Boat Town, XWORXX, and Victory Medical.
We would also like to thank Kerbey Lane Café, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, David Wilkes Builders, Keller Williams- Mary Ann Nations, and Sweeten CPA, PC for their continued support of the Westlake Chamber.
Thank you to the Westlake Chamber of Commerce Partners Benchmark Bank, Austin’s Granduca Hotel, and Northstar Bank, a branch of Independent Bank, for their contributions throughout the year. 
We’d also like to thank our Diamond and Gold Members for their continued support.  Our Diamond Members are Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, Baylor Scott & White Health, BB&T Branch Banking & Trust, Boat Town, Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Kerbey Lane Café, Merry Maids, Seton Family of Doctors plus Express Care, and Tumble Tech. 
Gold Members are American Bank, Bright Horizons, College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors, Dr. Jennifer L. Warren, MD, PLLC, Dream Vacations – Lainey Melnick & Associates, Independence Title Company, IronBridge Private Wealth, Junkluggers, Prosperity Bank, Rapidfire Technologies, Results Physiotherapy, Southside Bank, Synergy Dance Studio, Tide Dry Cleaners, Victory Medical, VIK Complete Care, Westlake Eye Specialists, and Westlake Hills Vision Center.
Upcoming Events for the Westlake Chamber of Commerce
Event Details & Registration Details Online at www.westlakechamber.com or by calling 512.327.3088.
Tuesday, October 10th 11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Business Builder Lunch
Texas Land & Cattle
Tuesday, October 17th 11:30am – 1:00pm
Westlake Community Luncheon on the 3G’s: Grit, Grace & Gratitude with Amy King, recipient of the 2016 Westlake Citizen of the Year award.
Lost Creek Country Club
Tuesday, October 17th
Last day to apply for inaugural class of Leadership Westlake
Thursday, October 19th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
New Member Orientation
Chamber office
Tuesday, October 24th 5:30pm
Ribbon Cutting at Victory Medical
Thursday, October 26th 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Business After Hours
Five Star Jewelry & Gemologists

Susan Difani, Executive Director
info@westlakechamber.com, (512) 327-3088

Printed courtesy of www.westlakechamber.com – Contact the Westlake Chamber of Commerce for more information.
101 Westlake Drive, Austin, TX 78746 – (512) 327-3088 – info@westlakechamber.com