What is Leadership Otero?

Leadership Alamogordo was founded in Alamogordo, New Mexico in 2001 at the direction of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to identify current and emerging community leaders, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our community.

Leadership Otero Goals:

Leadership Otero is dedicated to the development of informed future leaders of Alamogordo and Otero County.

  • Identify and promote leading citizens for positions of higher responsibility in Otero County.
  • Educate leaders from public, private and non-profit sectors about their community and countywide issues.
  • Challenge these leaders to understand issues, define problems and develop solutions.

Leadership Otero provides participants with a forum for sharing ideas and engaging in discussions that will enhance their understanding of the major challenges and opportunities in Alamogordo and Otero County.

The Curriculum:

Leadership Otero class sessions are designed to address the pressing issues facing Alamogordo and Otero County. Each session features speakers and panelists that are acknowledged leaders in their respective fields. Participants actively engage in discussion and debate with them. This process offers the opportunity for inquiry, analysis and development of solutions to some of the most pressing problems in Alamogordo and Otero County.

Class sessions are held once a month from February through November in different locations throughout Alamogordo and Otero County, with an Orientation in January and graduation in December. Each of the 10 sessions runs a full day. In each location, the class members may tour city, county and business facilities and meet the managers, owners, presidents and decision makers of their respective organizations. Tuition is $650 to cover the costs of the class.

Legacy Project

Each year, Leadership Otero students select a Legacy Project. Legacy Projects are meant to have a lasting impact on Alamogordo and Otero County for years to come. Past projects have included rebuilding the former Kids Kingdom “handprint wall”, providing funding for law enforcement equipment needs, and revamping the high school soccer complex entrance. Dream big!! The Legacy Project will be decided at the January Orientation, meaning you and your classmates will have almost an entire year to complete it!

Things to consider when selecting a project:

  • Importance of project to community as a whole
  • “Staying power” of the project: what does the long-term visibility of this project look like? Is it something that can be held up to the community and future Leadership students for years to come?
  • Importance of the project to you! If you don’t believe in the project you won’t want to volunteer your valuable time.
  • Does funding for this project already exist? Think about organizations that truly do not have a budget for your ideas: those are the ones to target!

What should you bring to class?

Leadership Otero expects you to bring to each class an open mind; one that can expand and accept challenges in addition to the status quo. The faculty and guest speakers expect you to question and expand on the subjects being presented.

This is NOT a forum for listening only, although that factor is an important part of the class. This is a forum to exchange ideas and thoughts, good or bad. You must expand your mind and look for solutions that are “outside the box” or are new ways of doing things in our community. There are no right or wrong answers, only new or different ways of addressing these concerns, challenges and opportunities.

You are about to take your first step on this new adventure! Enjoy!

Leadership Otero 2020 registration has closed. To inquire about Leadership Otero 2021, please call the chamber at (575) 437-6120 or email chamber@alamogordo.com