Everyone is interested in personal and professional growth. One major way to achieve that growth is through participation in civic leadership development courses. There are several in Hampton Roads, including the Hampton Roads Chamber’s signature course, LEAD757. All civic leadership programs are designed to do two primary things: build your social capital and educate you about the assets and challenges of your community. Combined, these will help propel you in your career.
Participation in a civic leadership program builds social capital as class members network with people in diverse circles, increasing their capacity to influence change, meet community leaders, and establish relationships that will provide new opportunities. Angie Lombardi, a member of the LEAD Class of 2020, said, “Before our sessions started, colleagues and friends who are LEAD alumni said that I would form these incredible bonds with my classmates and learn things about ‘the 757′ that I could never imagine. I smiled and thought, ‘I’m excited to learn more about the place I call home, but these incredible bonds? Well, they were right.’”
A strong professional network can help build visibility, connect you with career sponsors and mentors, and open up doors for new opportunities. One of the most powerful things you can do to support your career is to build and cultivate your network. It has been said that a strong network is like money in the bank.