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  • About Leadership Fairbanks

    Leadership Fairbanks is a program facilitated by the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce designed to help emerging and established leaders expand their existing leadership skills through exposure to challenging ideas, insights from community leaders, lively discussion, and personal reflection.

  • The program The program

    Each year a small group of about 25 emerging and established leaders are selected to participate in nine day-long sessions - one a month for nine months - that enable them to enhance their leadership skills and build meaningful professional relationships.

  • Benefits Benefits

    Participants will be inspired to become actively involved in promoting positive change for the greater Fairbanks area, while making valuable connections with other change-makers. The relationships students develop during this 9-month program are a profound resource that truly appreciates over time.

  • expectations expectations

    Each student is a collaborator in the program and, as such, applicants are chosen based upon their ability to contribute diverse ideas and valuable perspectives.

    Applicants must be able to attend 8 of the 9 sessions (dates are listed below) and come to each session prepared to contribute by asking questions and sharing their unique perspectives.

    All participants must demonstrate:

    • Passion for the people and future of our region and a personal commitment to help improve the quality of life in the Fairbanks area.
    • Commitment to the community through current and past activities.
    • Willingness to commit the requisite time and energy to complete the program, which requires the full support of their organizations.
  • 2016-2017 Class Schedule 2016-2017 Class Schedule

    Application Deadline
    September 2, 2016

    Class of 2017 Announcement
    September 13, 2016

    Kick-Off Retreat
    September 21, 2016

    2016 Monthly Sessions
    October 19, 2016
    November 16, 2016
    December 14, 2016

    2017 Monthly Sessions
    January 18, 2017
    February 15, 2017
    March 8, 2017
    April 19, 2017

    May 16, 2017 (Tuesday)

    **Full participation is essential for the success of Leadership Fairbanks. All 2016-2017 sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • class of 2017 facilitator class of 2017 facilitator

    Geoff Welch is a small business owner, speaker, and professional rule breaker who is determined to help people be more human at work. Geoff co-owns Date-Line Digital Printing, an award winning small business which is a platform from which he takes care of people and shares his irreverent perspectives on leadership, service, and gratitude. Date-Line’s Thanks Fairbanks project has given away more than 30,000 free thank you cards and was the topic of Geoff’s talk at TEDxAnchorage. Geoff and his wife Nicole are currently responsible for raising a small human named Maddy, a task they are undertaking without the aid of formal training. http://www.geoffwelch.com

  • Geoff Welch
    Date-Line Digital Printing
    Leadership Fairbanks Class of 2013
    (907) 479-3831

  • Marisa Sharrah, 
    Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce 
    President and CEO
    Leadership Fairbanks Class of 2013
    (907) 374-6706