Residents from across Arizona learn what it takes to lead this weekend while rubbing elbows with local leaders and their neighbors during the second annual Neighborhoods Arizona Conference.
The two-day event, hosted by the Leadership Centre at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, is 6 to 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
"There are several classes that focus on homeowners associations, but there are a lot of the sessions that focus on leadership and involvement," said Cynthia Dunham, Leadership Centre founder and director.
Crystal Prentice, Chandler neighborhood programs administrator, said different sessions give people just what they are looking for.
"There is a track for the neighborhood professional where they learn about balancing life and community and tackling difficult issues," Prentice said. "There is also a leadership track where Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman and Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker will talk about how neighbors can partner with their elected officials to make positive changes in their neighborhood and Steve Chandler, who is a personal coach and motivational speaker, will talk about incorporating leadership into your daily living."
Julie Benson, a management intern for Chandler, said the event will teach selfleadership, how people can use it in their community and how to communicate with the media.
Registration will be accepted at the door and the cost is $95 per person, but groups of five or more are $60 per person.
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