The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and Worcester Community Foundation announced Tuesday 26 rising professionals chosen for a leadership development program.

Selected from more than 60 applicants, the chosen professionals include a diverse group of men and women from Central Mass. from both the public and private sectors who represent a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds.

The nine-month program, dubbed Leadership Worcester, begins in September with an overnight retreat and monthly sessions will explore topics critical to the Worcester area, including education, economic development, local government, health, community safety, creativity and urban environment, according to a press release from the chamber.

Those chosen are:

  • Diana Batista
  • Katherine Calano
  • Vaughn Calhoun
  • Ryan Canuel
  • Sarah Connell
  • Kim Davenport
  • Patrick DiGregorio
  • Peter Dunn
  • Marco Estrella
  • Casey Freeman
  • Meaghan Hardy-Lavoie
  • Scarlett Hoey
  • Erin Jansky
  • Joel Kent
  • Noah Ligetti
  • Andrew Madigan
  • Heather Mangione
  • Laura Marotta
  • Ryan Matson
  • Derek Olson
  • Angelo Padin
  • Christina Santana
  • Amie Shei
  • Kira Terrill
  • Alexis Travis
  • Jessica Walsh

This article was originally posted at WBJournal