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Leadership Champlain equips graduates with education, resources, network

For the past thirty years Leadership Champlain has been connecting emerging local leaders to their community and activating local engagement. Graduates are equipped with the education, resources and network to give back to our region in a way that is meaningful to them and to the community.

The program is continuously being refined to meet the needs of Vermont’s changing workforce. Leadership Champlain receives over 30 applications from across Northwestern Vermont each year. The top 35 applicants spend one full day per month together exploring eight different sectors of our community through discussions with local leaders and experiential programming. The cohort also completes six intensive service projects with six different community non-profit organizations, contributing over 2,100 service hours each year. Leadership Champlain has organized, guided and overseen the successful completion of over 200 of these service projects, making an in-kind impact of over $1.5 million to our community over the past three decades.

Leadership Champlain boasts an active alumni network of over 1,200 individuals who credit the program with accelerating their career by expanding their network and deepening their understanding of the community in which they’ve chosen to work and live. Graduates of the program represent a wide spectrum of businesses and expertise. Leadership Champlain bridges gaps between industries in the Lake Champlain region and fosters a community interconnectivity that forges a strong path forward for Burlington and beyond.


“Leadership Champlain clued me in to all of the amazing people in Vermont that are working to make it a better place. Each Leadership day was eye opening and unexpected. The network I developed through the program is one that I will have forever and that alone made the program worthwhile. I feel like Leadership Champlain gave me the resources to know who I should reach out to in the community if I have a need/interest in doing something.”

-Michelle Buswell
Vice President, Portfolio Manager
People’s United Bank
Class of 2018

“There is a lot happening in our little state, so to participate in a program where I could learn about the various organizations, sectors, and people who contribute to its expanse, was invaluable. It helped put a lot of pieces together about who does what, where and how which definitely helped me in my position at CHCB.”
-Kim Anderson
Director of Development and Communications
Community Health Centers of Burlington
Class of 2013

“Leadership Champlain has allowed me to understand the community more than I otherwise would have, and it has enabled me to make professional connections in key business areas.”
-Matt Borick
Downs Rachlin Martin
Class of 2007

Applications for the Leadership Champlain Class of 2020 are due Monday, June 3rd. Learn more and apply at or email [email protected] for more information.