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.
- 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)
June 9 (Graduation Ceremony)
Tuition and Fees
Total tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 Leadership Champlain program are as follows:
Application fee – $50
Due with application
Member rate – $2,000
Non-member rate* – $2,500
Due August 1, 2019
*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.
You’ll be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by Monday, July 1, 2019.
Ready to Apply?
Before completing the application, please ensure you are able to attend the nine (9) program days and the mandatory two-day retreat on September 12-13, 2019. The program days will run from 8:00am to 5:00pm and take place at different locations throughout Chittenden County. The two-day retreat will be outside Chittenden County but no more than an hour’s drive from Burlington.
The Leadership Champlain Selection Committee seeks to accept a diverse class, representative of our community. The ideal application is thorough and demonstrates a strong interest in the program as well as a rationale for acceptance into the cohort. The cohort is limited to 35 individuals.
Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2019.
Candidates will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance by Monday, July 1.
If you have questions, contact Tori Colarusso, Program Manager, at (802) 863-3489 x201 or [email protected].
This program is offered as an educational service for members of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. We feel strongly that LCRCC membership provides invaluable benefits to local businesses and we encourage all non-member applicants to become Chamber members. Read more about Chamber membership here.
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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