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Leadership Champlain

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"Strengthening Leadership, Building Community"


You can also find a fillable PDF of the application form here.  Please email to [email protected] when complete.

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.

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.

Class of 2021 Program Dates

September 17-18, 2020 – Opening Retreat

October 13, 2020 – Human Services

November 10, 2020 – Business & Economy

December 8, 2020 – Government & Politics

January 12, 2021 – Criminal Justice

February 9, 2021 – Education

March 9, 2021 – Healthcare

April 13, 2021 – Energy & Environment

May 11, 2021 – Civic Engagement

June 8, 2021 – Graduation

Application Timeline

Applications Open: Monday, January 6, 2020

Applications Close: Monday, May 4, 2020

Notification of Acceptance or Non-Acceptance: Monday, May 18, 2020

Tuition Due: Monday, July 6, 2020

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 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. Your application will not be reviewed until this fee is paid. If you applied last year but were not accepted, we encourage you to apply again this year. The application fee is waived for applicants who apply for the program for two consecutive years. 

You may pay the application fee online or make checks payable to “Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce” and mail to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, 60 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

You can also find a fillable PDF of the application form here.  Please email to [email protected] when complete.

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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