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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. Participating in Leadership Fairbanks is an inspiring and challenging experience in which you will develop lifelong relationships with established and emerging leaders in our community while learning the skills necessary to become a valued leader in your organization and in our community.

  • 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.
  • Class Schedule Class Schedule

    Deadline to submit application: Friday, September 14, 2018

    Kickoff Session (Attendance is Mandatory): Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    October Session: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    November Session: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    December Session: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    January Session: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    February SessionWednesday, February 20, 2019

    March SessionWednesday, March 20, 2019

    April SessionWednesday, April 17, 2019

    Graduation: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    **Full participation is essential for the success of Leadership Fairbanks. Sessions will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Pricing Pricing

    Chamber members - $1,500
    Non-members - $1,700

  • facilitator facilitator

    Geoff Welch is the owner of Fairbanks, Alaska’s award winning Date-Line Digital Printing, where his “crisis of gratitude” was the genesis of their remarkable Thanks Fairbanks project. Each year they share thousands of free thank you cards with area residents as a way of spreading a culture of gratitude.

    A humorous and engaging public speaker with irreverent perspectives on leadership, gratitude, service, and being a human at work, Geoff frequently speaks in classrooms, at conferences, and currently facilitates the Chamber’s Leadership Fairbanks program.

    Always up for a challenge, Geoff and his wife Nicole have chosen to raise a small human named Maddy without the aid of any formal training.


  • 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

  • Thank you to UA College Savings Plan
    for sponsoring the venue!

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    Please consider joining our other great sponsors in underwriting this year's Leadership Fairbanks Class of 2019!

    Please contact Kielecia Coker at (907) 374-6703 if you are interested in sponsoring the program.

    • Kick-off Sponsor
    • Graduation Sponsor
    • Monthly Session Sponsors  (7 available)