Transforming talented business professionals into engaged community leaders!
Your opportunity to learn from Naperville’s influencers and public officials over the course of 6 weeks. Hear Naperville’s history, engage in face-to-face conversations with prominent community business leaders, and explore Economic Development in your community. Participants meet Mayor Chirico and members of the local government, Cheif guided tours of the Police and Fire Departments, and learn how to become a voice for volunteer engagement.
Community Member: $299
NOTE: Sessions will be held virtually, with the exception of the final session where social distancing is feasible.
Participation in this 6 week program serves to develop a participant’s knowledge and skills – to work together, have a meaningful impact, and find common ground so we can address our community’s challenges and opportunities. Additionally, participants will gain:
- Awareness of your community and how to get involved
- Education on the issues, opportunities, strengths, and needs in your community
- Tools to become an emerging leader to guide your community into the future
- Skills to help motivate civic engagement of community members
2020 Program Details
10/6: Session 1 – Community Health (Virtual)
Facilitator: Colin Dalough, Community & Government Relations, Edward-Elmhurst Health
Panelists: Mary Lou Mastro, System President & CEO, Edward-Elmhurst Health, Joseph Dant, President & CEO, Edward Hospital, Kimberley Darey, MD, Co-Chair Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
10/13: Session 2 – Economic Development (Virtual)
Facilitator: Christine Jeffries, President, Naperville Development Partnership
Panelists: Ken Witkowski, SVP of Real Estate & Business, Bill Novack, Director of Transportation/Engineering/Development, City of Naperville, Vince Rosanova, Rosanova & Whitaker LTD
10/20: Session 3 – Community Protection + Wellness (Virtual)
Facilitator: Ray McGury, Executive Director, Naperville Park District
Panelists: Adam Russo, Executive Director, Edgewood Clinical Services, Robert Marshall, Chief of Police, City of Naperville, Mark Puknaitis, Fire Chief, City of Naperville
10/27: Session 4 – Local Government (Virtual)
Facilitator: Reba Osborne, Director of Government Affairs (NACC)
Panelists: Mayor Steve Chirico, City of Naperville, Doug Krieger, City Manager, City of Naperville, Warren Dixon, Naperville Township Assessor, State Representative Grant Wehrli, 41st District
11/5: Session 5 – Community Volunteerism + Leadership (Virtual)
* note the date is shifted back due to the election
Facilitator: Abby Johnson, Community Engagement Specialist, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Panelists: Ian Holzhauer, Chairman of the Board, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Kimberley White, Executive Director, Career & Networking Center, Shefali Trivedi, Executive Director, Giving DuPage
11/10: Session 6 – History of Naperville (In-Person + Virtual)
Facilitators: Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese, President & CEO, Naper Settlement, Donna Sack, Vice President and Chief Program Officer
Sponsorship and involvement opportunities are diverse and custom throughout this exclusive 6 week program.