News TemplateAurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leader is Part of the 2021 Leadership Academy


Colleen Doyle, Member Engagement Director, is one of 18 leaders enrolled in the time-honored program

(AURORA, IL, September 10, 2021) – Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the voice of and catalyst for business success in the Aurora region, today announced that Colleen Doyle, Director of Member Engagement, is part of the Chamber’s prestigious Leadership Academy that focuses on personality inventory and personal/leadership development.
Colleen and 18 other business and community leaders make up the 43rd Leadership Academy class. Together they get a front-row seat to the unique positioning and potential of the Aurora region through presentations, discussions, facility tours and business networking access.
“With a long, rich history, Leadership Academy is a true institution here in the Aurora region. It’s why we are so thrilled to have it back again this year,” said Jessica Linder Gallo, President & CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The list of past graduates is impressive, and the Aurora Regional Chamber stands ready to usher in this new class. I look forward to what the participants of the 2021 Leadership Academy will accomplish here in the Aurora region.”
Consisting of 30 hours of class time, this year's curriculum will focus on the leadership skills and the strength of and connection to our community. Specifically, the curriculum will highlight discussions on community and economic development, sustainability, local government, cultural diversity, and civil and social services. Dr. William A. "Bill" Marzano, retired higher education administrator with Waubonsee Community College and retired professor, will serve as facilitator for Leadership Academy.
Leadership Academy Lineup

  • Orientation & Academy Kick Off (August 27)
  • Session 1 - Personality Inventory & Leadership Development (Sept 10)
  • Session 2 - Social Services (Sept 17)
  • Session 3 - Cultural Diversity in Our Community (Sept 24)
  • Session 4 – Healthcare (Oct 1)
  • Session 5 - Community Sustainability (Oct 8)
  • Session 6 - Local Government (Oct 15)
  • Session 7 - Workforce Development & Industry (Oct 22)
  • Session 8 - Civil Service (Oct 29)
  • Session 9 - Business & Strategy (Nov 5)
  • Session 10 - Manage, Lead and Motivate – MLM (Nov 12)
  • Graduation - Leadership Academy Graduation (Nov 19)

“Access and exposure is key to opportunity and success and that's what one by participating in Leadership Academy,” said Colleen Doyle, Director of member Engagement, Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. "As a member of the 43rd class, I'm proud to be part of a program with such a rich history in our region. I look forward to engaging with a vast variety of organization across academia, and the public and private sectors.” 
About Leadership Academy
Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: to create a development opportunity for participants to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.
Over the past 42 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Graduates of the program have gone on to lead local businesses and organization, some have gone on to public office, and all have left their mark on the community.
About the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is the voice of and the catalyst for business success. We unite businesses with the community to create economic prosperity while facilitating connections with community leaders. For more than 100 years, we have served the greater Aurora region across four counties (DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will), and currently represent nearly 600 businesses. We have earned the 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an honor bestowed on only 1% of Chambers nationwide. Learn more at