March 29, 2017
Fifteen area businessmen and women, from corporations to nonprofits, recently completed five months of professional development at the Chamber’s Norwalk Leadership Institute. The Norwalk Leadership Institute prepares attendees for leadership roles in their companies through business skills development, including problem solving, communications and team building.
This year’s Norwalk Leadership Institute graduates included:
Family & Children’s Agency
Law Offices Of Depanfilis & Vallerie
Web Realty Company
Norwalk Community Health Center
United Way Of Coastal Fairfield County
Carver Foundation Of Norwalk
NAI Signature Group
Norwalk Housing Foundation
Norwalk Housing Authority
KBE Building Corporation
The Open Door Shelter
Norwalk Community College
The capstone of the Norwalk Leadership Institute’s program is the undertaking of a group project. This year’s group was tasked with developing a marketing plan for the job-training program of The Smilow SoNo Life Center, an initiative of The Open Door Shelter. The Smilow SoNo Life Center in Norwalk will bring together affordable housing, job training and health care for those in need. The program will target homeless individuals, disenfranchised youth and those living in poverty in the Greater Norwalk region. It is expected to launch in October 2017.
Since 1981, the Norwalk Leadership Institute has graduated over 500 participants since its inception in 1981. The Institute provides motivated and informed individuals the preparation to assume leadership and management positions in business, local organizations, government, and the community at-large.