The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is now recruiting 28 new members for the Leadership Worcester program.

Now in its eighth year, Leadership Worcester has graduated nearly 200 professionals in the Greater Worcester area from various sectors including government, business, education, nonprofits, and the arts. These alumni are committed and connected to Worcester through residence or their place of work.

Through a nine-month experiential learning program from September to May, Leadership Worcester participants learn about their community from a variety of angles and engage with local leaders to learn about the region’s challenges and opportunities. Each monthly session takes participants behind the scenes of Worcester’s diverse anchor institutions and hidden gems, allowing them to see the city through a new lens. Participants then graduate in June.

“The continued success of Worcester’s vibrant business community depends on programs like Leadership Worcester to prepare the next generation of talented leaders. As we’ve seen over the last two-plus years, the COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced the importance of having strong and effective leaders in our communities,” said Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This program also benefits employers by encouraging civic engagement and directly supporting the local pipeline of thought leaders and innovators.”

More information and instructions to apply can be found online at Applications are due by May 30, 2022. Participants will be notified of their acceptance in July. Scholarship assistance has been made possible through the generosity of several Worcester foundations including Fuller Foundation, Stoddard Charitable Trust, Hoche-Scofield Foundation, George I. Alden Trust, the Fletcher Foundation, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and other private donations, as well as scholarship fund started and funded by Leadership Worcester alumni and the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the free, virtual info session about the program on Wednesday, April 27 at noon. Register here to receive the Zoom link.