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West Orange Chamber of Commerce programs contribute to our community through local leadership, visioning and creating opportunities for our children.
Leadership West Orange, presented by Florida Hospital Winter Garden, is an annual program that brings a group of Chamber members together for a variety of sessions. These sessions are held monthly and the primary mission is to raise the awareness of the key segments of the total West Orange community. Days are a combination of lectures, tours, hands-on experience and behind-the-scenes activities. Contact the Chamber about cost and enrollment.
The West Orange Adult Leadership program began in 1994 and has been experienced by more than 400 local leaders. The mission of the Leadership West Orange program is to raise the awareness of the key segments of the local community; “To educate business leaders to better serve the West Orange community; To develop leaders and build a quality community.” The education of our future leaders is very important in preserving our past, embracing our present and the visioning and planning of our future. Each month the class focused on a certain aspect of West Orange County. The class examined the environment, economic development, government, media, health care and education by participating in a field trip once a month.
The West Orange Chamber Leadership West Orange Program sponsored by Florida Hospital Winter Garden, celebrated graduation on Thursday, May 11 during the Orange County Commission, District 1 Debate Luncheon. The class of 2015-16, “The West Orange Jedis”, graduated after completing an interactive 8 month program.
Joey Alarie, Alarie Design Associates, Inc.; Irma Cuadra, Duke Energy; Crystal Davidson, Orange Technical College – West Side Campus; Cathryn DeCecco, Florida Blue; Hart Donovan, SeaCoast Bank; Jimmy Dunn, June Engineering Consultants, Inc.; Cyndi Gustafson, Observer Media Group; Dr. Kim Hardy, University of Central Florida; Andrew Heintzelman, Bright Future Electric; Bo Herrington, Orlando Health; Brad Hillmon, Florida Hospital Winter Garden; Chande Horne, WithumSmith+Brown, PC.; Brenda LaBattaglia, Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital; Glenn Landry, R.C. Stevens Construction Company; Marc Lillis, Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital; Lana Marchitelli, Florida Hospital Winter Garden; Celena Orr, Manheim Orlando; Valerie Read, Universal Orlando; Julie Robinson, The Law Office of Julie A. Robinson; Rachel Saunders, Keller Williams Classic Real Estate; Angel Soto, CenturyLink; Fred Stein, Walt Disney World Company; Jennifer Stoeke, Orlando Health – Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; Stacy Williams, Tom West Blueberries
An abundance of ideas were generated in the areas of transportation, quality of life, government, culture, social services, environment, business and employment, education, community and public safety. Throughout the year at other events, the ideas were ranked in order of importance. With this comprehensive list, a stakeholders group of 25 people, over the course of a year, met to develop a strategic plan for the region, including a mission and vision statement. After an environmental scan, S.W.O.T. analysis and months of discussion, the group specified goals and some key objectives. The goals are:
Visioning 2015 Goals:
Four students will be selected from each of the following Chamber Member Public High Schools: Dr. Phillips High School, Maynard Evans High School, Olympia High School,Ocoee High School and West Orange High School
The following criteria is required of applicants for W.O.P.T.E.:
W.O.P.T.E. is hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Bright Future Electric. There is no tuition or other associated expense required of any participant. Additional expenses are donated by various businesses and business leaders. These groups are to be applauded for their generosity in making the vision of W.O.P.T.E. a reality.
This program requires a serious commitment of time and energy. In order to graduate with the class, participants must not miss not more than one (1) session. (Camp Wewa team building day is mandatory)
At the conclusion of the program, students and their parents will participate in a graduation ceremony to recognize their efforts in completing the program. The graduation ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Education Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at Evans High School, 4949 Silver Star Rd, Orlando, FL 32808.