"Strengthening Leadership, Building Community"
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 6th, 2020
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.
- 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
Applications Open: Monday, January 6, 2020
Applications Close: Monday, April 6, 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.
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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