Welcome to Kern Leaders Academy Welcome to Kern Leaders Academy
Presenting the Class of 2022

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.

2022 Academy Topics Include:

  • Ethics, Leadership and Critical Thinking
  • Kern County’s evolving Energy Portfolio
  • B3K Prosperity
  • Changing Demographics
  • Homelessness
  • Behavior Health Challenges
  • Financing Local Government
  • Public Education
  • “Poverty, and Policy in Kern County: Examining the Past and Future Possibilities”
  • Being an Effective Community Advocate
  • Kern County 2032
  • Economic Development: How We Compete and What are the Customers Saying
  • Social Capital Theory
  • Introduction to State Issues
  • Ag and Water Issues
  • Community Leadership: View from the Dias
  • Equality is Not Equity
  • Civic Leadership: Addressing Societal Needs
  • Fall Lecture Series: “Leadership and Activism: How to Overcome Apathy and Find Your Power”
  • Final Thoughts: Tying It All Together


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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