Leadership Signature LogoCANTON, OH (March 22, 2010) - Leadership Stark County (LSC) is accepting applications for its 24th Signature Program now through April 30. With a network of over 750 program graduates, the Leadership Stark County experience benefits employers, individuals and the community. The program provides an excellent framework for honing leadership skills. Participants garner a greater understanding about local issues and resources and connect with community leaders in area government and business, developing immediate and long-term results and relationships.

Participants are selected in order to represent a wide range of businesses and organizations from throughout Stark County. The Signature Class convenes for an intense, two-day orientation seminar, followed by nine monthly session days focusing on topics such as economic development, human services, education and the justice system. These intense sessions provide an in-depth look at broad areas of our community, and then introduce specific skills to enable class members to act on the information. The participants work in small groups, designing and implementing an asset-based project that addresses a specific community need. Program graduates often serve the community as board members of local non-profits upon graduation. Signature program tuition is $2,200. Partial tuition assistance is available for individuals representing government, education, small business and non-profit sectors through the Leadership Stark County Scholarship Endowment Fund. Potential applicants should save the date for a Signature Program Recruitment Breakfast on Friday, April 9, from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast will feature an overview of the Signature Program, explanation of application process and a Q&A session. Applications are due April 30. Applications and more information about this and other LSC programs are available online at For more information, call Fran Wells, director, (330) 458-2094.

Other regional Leadership Programs are also accepting applicants:
Leadership Stark County: April 30, 2010 | Leadership Akron: April 26, 2010 | Leadership Medina County: April 30, 2010 |

Leadership Stark County is a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.