Leadership Academy

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy

DeKalb Leadership Academy Benefits & Curriculum


DeKalb Chamber Leadership Class of 2017

This is the thirteenth class of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy. Maximizing employee potential and encouraging active participation in business and the community are among the goals of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy.

The members of the 2016-17 class are: Sara Bellows - Redeemed Home & Office Furniture Outlet, Joy Bihun - First Midwest Bank, Michelle Brantley - Siepert & Co., LLP, Heidi Carlson - KishHealth System, Dustin Davis - Shaw Media, Ed Domich - Frontier Communication, Samantha Eakes - Creative Therapeutics, Cassandra Gottschalk - Foster, Buick, Conklin & Lundgren, LLC, Jennifer Hlliard - DeKalb CUSD 428 - Corltand, Jeanine Holcomb - DeKalb Sanitary District, Rich Kakkuri - SundogIT, Inc., Andrea Kuzniar - Goodwill Industries of Northern IL, Maurice McDavid - DeKalb CUSD 428 - DHS, Emily Nelson - First National Bank, Maria Pena-Graham - Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Kim Perri - KishHealth System, Heather Priest - NIU Convocation Center, Gregg Rice  - 3M, Jenni Schmarje – Hy-Vee, Lee Scott - Elder Care Services of DeKalb County, Lauren Stott - City of DeKalb, Kelly Sullivan – City of DeKalb / Police Dept., Marcus Tryggestad - Resource Bank, Kristine Yonke - OC Creative, Inc., James Zarek - City of DeKalb / Police Dept.

Course topics include: conflict management and negotiating skills, personal leadership styles, public speaking, leveraging technology in business, area government, non-profits, education and healthcare agencies work, and local employment.

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The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce invites all businesses, individuals and organizations to belong to our voluntary membership organization. Align yourself with other DeKalb Area business leaders and citizens who are investing their time, energy and money to strengthen our community and business environment.

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DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
164 East Lincoln Highway / DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: (815) 756-6306 / fax: (815) 756-5164 / email
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