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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
  • Flexible Themes Flexible Themes

    Leadership Fairbanks is designed to challenge the way you think about effective leadership and equip you with the technical and emotional skills to be the kind of leader others want to follow. We accomplish this by using class time to engage in rich discussions, hear directly from community leaders, develop deep relationships between students, watch recorded talks from brilliant leaders, and learn the skills and techniques that lead to greater trust and personal effectiveness.

    Areas of Focus include:

    • Trust and credibility 
    • Interpersonal Communication & Conflict
    • Public speaking
    • Service & community involvement
    • Personal responsibility
    • Time management & personal effectiveness

    Passionate Facilitator Passionate Facilitator

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


    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.

    Check him out at http://www.geoffwelch.com