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 30th 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 specific sector. The program outline is as follows:
September: Two-Day Opening Retreat
October: Human Services
November: Business and Economy
December: Government & Politics
January: Criminal Justice
April: Energy and Environment
May: Civic Engagement, Board Governance
June: Closing Retreat, Graduation
- 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.
Tuition Rates for Members
1-30 Employees: $1800
31-100 Employees: $2,000
100-199 Employees: $2,250
200+ Employees: $2,500
Ready to Apply?
We are no longer accepting applications for Leadership Champlain Class of 2019. If you are interested in participating in Leadership Champlain Class of 2020, please contact Tori at [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.
Leadership Champlain Board of Directors
The Leadership Champlain Board of Directors is an active working board. They contribute their expertise and community connections to the planning of each seminar day.
Board Chair: Lisa Kingsbury, University of Vermont, LC Class of 2010
Vice Chair: Jannine Wright, Burlington Police Department, LC Class of 2010
Lindsey Cox, Winooski School District, LC Class of 2013
Cindy Elcan, United Way of Northwest Vermont, LC Class of 2008
Yael Friedman, University of Vermont Medical Center, LC Class of 2007
Jennifer Green, Burlington Electric Department, LC Class of 2017
Dave Gurtman, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, LC Class of 2008
Phet Keomanyvanh, CEDO City of Burlington, LC Class of 2015
Victoria Loner, University of Vermont Medical Center
Amit Lodha, Biotek, LC Class of 2010
Melanie Needle, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, LC Class of 2014
Ken Nussbaum, K. Nussbaum & Associates, LC Class of 2011
Emily Pendergraft, Cigna, LC CLass of 2017
Doug Racine, former Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Ben Traverse, Downs Rachlin Martin, LC Class of 2017