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Leadership Champlain

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"Strengthening Leadership, Building Community"

Applications for the Class of 2021 are no longer being accepted.
Please contact Tori if you would like to be notified when applications open up for the Class of 2022.

The Program

Leadership Champlain is a professional development and community engagement program of the Lake Champlain Chamber with a mission to foster growth and leadership in professionals who will serve our community now and in the future.

Leadership Champlain consists of retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours from September to June. Participants meet monthly to explore critical community issues, examine themselves as leaders, and build relationships of trust and understanding.

The program objectives are to equip its participants with the knowledge and skills to become civically engaged; to facilitate discussion around a wide breadth of topics amongst a diversity of perspectives; and to engage in reflective and collaborative activities surrounding these topics. Graduates of the program will leave steeped in knowledge about the biggest issues our community faces, inspired to get involved where they are interested, and connected to the right leaders to make a change.

Each day of Leadership Champlain is focused on a different sector. Over the course of the class year, topics such as Human Services, Business and Economy, Government and Politics, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare, Energy and Environment, and Civic Engagement will be explored by the cohort.

Ideal Applicant

  • Exhibits a position of or potential for leadership in their employment or volunteer organization;
  • Demonstrates a strong interest in and commitment to the community;
  • Aspires to utilize leadership skills through service for the long-term benefit of the community;
  • Has obvious potential for growing personally and impacting change;
  • Is willing to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program.

Impact & Performance

Life After Graduation

Many graduates remain engaged with the program through joining Leadership Champlain committees, attending alumni events, and hosting workshops for fellow graduates.  The Leadership Champlain Alumni Committee gathers each month and plans year-round events exclusive to Leadership Champlain alumni.  If you’re a graduate and you’d like to stay connected to your alumni network, sign up for the monthly Leadership Champlain alumni newsletter.

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