The Leadership Kerr County Program
Leadership Kerr County is the premier leadership program for our area enabling men and women from all parts of the membership to learn more about the issues and topics that face us on a daily basis…everything from education and social services to economic development and health care. Leadership Kerr County is a nine-month course that informs you, builds your network of professional contacts and helps lay a foundation for future involvement in whatever area you choose.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Leadership Kerr County?
Leadership Kerr County is an intensive nine month program that immerses members and their employees in topics that are important to our community such as economic development, social services, education, government, healthcare, environment, tourism, travel & leisure and others. Leadership Kerr County teaches leadership through team-building and the completion of a class project.
How long has Leadership Kerr County been in existence?
Leadership Kerr County started in 1985 when Si Ragsdale (Camp Stewart) and Leonard Holloway (former chamber executive director) approached Dr. Sam Junkin with Schreiner University about a program for up and coming community leaders to learn more about the many facets of the county. There have been 31 classes of Leadership Kerr County since that time.
How are the classes selected?
Leadership Kerr County classes are selected from nominees who submit applications to the program. Nominees can be by referral or self-nomination and must work for a member business.
Unfortunately no, your nominating letter is a great first step, and one that you should be proud to receive. The next step is filling out and sending in the application; only when this is accomplished will a candidate be considered for the next class.
When is the Leadership Kerr County class selected?
In August of each year, class members are notified of their acceptance into the program and asked to make a commitment to participate.
What if I miss a class?
Attendance is critical to the success of the Leadership Kerr County experience. We currently enforce a no-tolerance policy with regards to missed sessions. All applicants must understand that attendance is your first priority in participating in LKC.
What Graduates are saying.....
"Even though my wife and I have lived in Kerrville for the past 25 years, I was constantly reminded through Leadership Kerr County that we are surrounded by amazing organizations, companies and people. Some of these organizations I met for the first time through LKC, while some I thought I knew, but had no idea as to the size and scope of their operations. Leadership Kerr County is an excellent program that I can highly recommend for anyone wishing to broaden their understanding and networking opportunities in our community. Kerrville is truly a treasure in the Texas Hill Country and we are blessed to call it home." - Stephen S. Mabry, Texas Lions Camp, Inc.
"As a LKC participant, I value the diversity that this program offers. By bringing together people of different perspectives and experiences, LKC class members are better able to understand and meet the challenges and opportunities that we face as a community. I'm proud that our Leadership class represents many different aspects of our unique and diverse business community."- Tammye Lujan, Kerrville Public Utility Board
"LKC allowed us to learn about city and local government, the things we seldom think about and things we take for granted. This program allowed myself and 16 others from different work backgrounds to come together, work on a service project, bond and become a true family."- Pete Calderon, Kerrville State Hospital
"Before LKC, I felt so disconnected from the community. I have a new respect for decisions that are made and those making them. It was eye-opening to see how one thing can affect many things."- Kris Johnson, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly
To inquire about the program, contact the Chamber offices and ask about how you can be involved in Leadership Kerr County.