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West Coast Leadership Program

Since 1988, the Chamber of Commerce has taken an active role in growing the next generation of business and community leaders. Participating in the West Coast Leadership Program requires commitment, and it is important that participants have the cooperation of their employers. In addition to a two-day September retreat, West Coast Leadership meets for a full day each month on the second Wednesday from October to May.

Tuition for the nine-month program, including overnight retreat costs: $2,500 for Chamber members, and $3,500 for non-Chamber members. To assure the diversity of the program, scholarships are available.

Regrettably, the 2020-21 cohort of the West Coast Leadership Program has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We'll come back next year with even more impactful experiences and professional development training.

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Leaders In Action

The West Coast Leadership program has graduated over eight hundred individuals in the 30-year existence of the program. These alumni can be found making a positive impact throughout our community. This year you’ll meet dozens of them in our magazine, on our website and in our social media. You’ll learn about how WCL impacted their lives, and what they see as the greatest accomplishments of their careers and of our community as a whole.

Becca Dernberger

West Coast Leadership Class of 1990 (Leadership Holland)

My career journey started after graduating from Hope. My first job was with Manpower as a recruiter. I became the President of the West MI franchise and when they sold, I joined ManpowerGroup (headquartered in Milwaukee WI) as VP of the Northeast Region. When that position was eliminated in 2018, I started my own Executive Search Company – Avancer. My journey has brought me back to the beginning – I am a recruiter – helping companies find great leadership that will move their company forward.

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Dr. Donna Lowry

West Coast Leadership Class of 2016

My professional journey has been driven by my passion creating conditions for children’s potential to be awakened and sustained.  I love all things kids! My one thing is to awaken the possibilities in others and my vision is to create conditions where all children can thrive and reach their full unique potential.  To fulfill this vision, I’m currently leading a  multi-sectored collaborative team building by convening and tracking the community collective in early childhood systems building, catalyzing and innovating best practices and ensuring that there is a trusted community conduit for system access for all families with young children.

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