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  • Apply below!

  • 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 leaders in our community while learning the skills necessary to become a valued leader in your organization and in our community.

    A group of about 25 leaders are selected to participate in nine day-long sessions - once a month for nine months.

    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.

    Successful Leadership Fairbanks applicants routinely go on to hold influential leadership roles and help to positively change the future of our community.


  • Application Components include:

    • Online Application
    • Short Bio
    • Headshot
    • A Letter of Recommendation


    Prepare to answer the following essay questions: 

    1. Why does service matter to you? How has serving others changed you? 

    2. What professional achievement or skill are you most proud of and why? 

    3. Identify what you believe to be the three most pressing problems and/or opportunities facing the greater Fairbanks area today. Explain. 

    4. What do you hope to contribute to your Leadership Fairbanks classmates? 

    5. What does it mean to lead? 


  • The enrollment deadline is Friday, September 9th. 


    $1,500 - Chamber Members

    $1,700 - Non-Chamber Members



  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    (2nd Wednesday because of holiday travel)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2023

    Wednesday, February 15, 2023

    Wednesday, March 22, 2023
    (4th Wednesday because of spring break)

    Wednesday, April 19, 2023

    TUESDAY, May 16, 2023



    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 engaging in rich discussions, hearing directly from community leaders, developing deep connections between students, discussing recorded talks from brilliant leaders, and learning the skills and techniques that lead to greater trust and personal effectiveness.

    Areas of Focus include:

    • Developing trust and credibility
    • Improving interpersonal communication
    • Engaging in constructive conflict
    • Thinking like an entrepreneur
    • Understanding the legislative process
    • The value of service & community involvement
    • Managing your time and personal effectiveness
    • Embracing cultural diversity
    • Building a strong network of allies and mentors
    • Become leaders who develop new leaders
    • Working from a posture of gratitude


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


    Geoff Welch is an executive coach and 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 self-proclaimed “control enthusiast,” his life has been turned upside down since his wife and daughter tricked him into allowing a Boston Terrier named Bernie into their home.

    Find out more at http://www.geoffwelch.com






  • Events & Programs Coordinator

    Jessica German