Jon Schwartzbauer, DC
Sherman President Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C., recently graduated with the Leadership Spartanburg Class of 2007-2008. Schwartzbauer, along with 43 other community leaders, completed the nine-month program in May.
Established in 1980, Leadership Spartanburg is a program sponsored by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic community leadership for Spartanburg County.
According to the Chamber, the objectives of the Leadership Spartanburg program are to:
- Identify and select highly motivated and potential community leaders to participate in the program.
- Systematically challenge the participants to become aware of, to examine and to respond to the social and economic needs of the community.
- Develop an esprit de corps among the participants, which will provide a common ground for working together on present and future community needs.
- Identify organizational and individual opportunities for community involvement and assist in the placement of participants.
The program includes a nine-month time commitment (September through May), including an opening retreat, full-day monthly sessions plus two full-day sessions in April, and with a closing retreat in May.
Topics covered include team building, the history of Spartanburg, local/state government, community health and social issues, education, diversity and race relations, arts/recreation and quality of life, growth/resource management and the environment, economic development and the future of Spartanburg.