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Presenting the Class of 2023

Extensive Academy Education and Training Program

The Kern Leaders Academy selects community leaders each year to participate in this extensive education and training program, conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund. Educational Training is held over nine weeks, with 72 hours of instruction.

  • The Academy teaches community leaders how to listen to constituents, with a clear understanding of how to seek endorsements, support, and reserve the right to make independent decisions.
  • Successful graduates will feel secure knowing they have the knowledge and vision to put their services forward as a community leader and eventually, an elected public official who is capable of offering creative solutions to the challenges facing Kern County.

2023 Academy Topics Include:

  • Orientation, Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Critical Thinking
  • Five Pillars
  • Homelessness
  • Healthcare: Behavior Health Challenges
  • Equality is not Equity
  • Building a 21st-Century Workforce
  • “Poverty and Policy in Kern County: Examining the Past and Future Possibilities”
  • Addressing Societal Needs
  • Kern County’s evolving Energy Portfolio
  • Changing Demographics
  • Kern County 2033
  • State Issues
  • Ag and Water Issues
  • Financing Local Government
  • Introduction to Local Government
  • Economic Development: How We Compete and What Are the Customers Saying
  • Final Thoughts


Kern Leaders Academy
c/o Kern County Taxpayers
Education Fund, Inc.
1401 19th Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4400

Phone: 661-322-2973

The Project Vision

The Kern Leaders Academy is a cutting-edge community leadership program aiming to develop visionary community leaders who recognize that a healthy business climate is necessary for a strong economy. Likewise, a strong economy is essential for a vibrant community. The Academy provides education and training to civic, professional, and business leaders with outstanding leadership potential to serve their communities with the appropriate skills and vision to address Kern County’s challenges creatively.

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