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Leadership Champlain

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"Strengthening Leadership, Building Community"

The Program

Leadership Champlain is a professional development and community engagement program of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce 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.

In its 31st year, 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

  • Holds a position of leadership in their employment or volunteer organization;
  • Displays evidence of mature judgment and exceptional leadership qualities;
  • Demonstrates a strong interest in and commitment to the community through significant voluntary roles in community organizations;
  • Is qualified to utilize leadership skills through service for the long-term benefit of the community;
  • Has obvious potential for growing personally and effecting change;
  • Is willing to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program.

Class of 2020 Program Dates

The nine program dates for the Class of 2020 are as follows:

September 12-13, Opening Retreat

October 22, Government & Politics Day

November 12, Human Services Day

December 10, Business & Economy Day

January 14, Criminal Justice Day

February 11, Education Day

March 10, Healthcare Day

April 14, Energy and Environment Day

May 12, Civic Engagement Day

June 9, Graduation Day

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition and fees for the Leadership Champlain program are as follows:

Application fee – $50
Due with application

Member rate – $2,000
Non-member rate* – $2,500
*LCRCC members will be given preference during the selection process

TOTAL = member $2,050 | non-member $2,550

Limited financial assistance available

The $50 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Please let us know if this fee is a financial hardship.
Please make checks payable to “Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce” and mail to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, 60 Main Street, Suite 100, Burlington, VT 05401.

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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