We’ve created a learning community that puts professionals (existing and emerging) in position to influence and add
value to Lewis County. We build pride in our local history and culture, and create highly skilled, motivated and
informed leaders. We have reshaped our thinking so we are ‘open to possibilities’ and use our knowledge and
networks to enhance our civic infrastructure to create a more vibrant quality of life for all.
We are passionate, informed, reflective and action-oriented leaders of today and tomorrow who take our skills into
our work, our community and our personal lives.
Leadership Skills Development – Each month, attributes of inspiring leaders, skills necessary for effective leadership (such as those listed below) are also studied and practiced.
Civic Awareness and Engagement – Divergent views on several issues vital to Lewis County are presented in a variety of formats to help participants appreciate the past, understand the present, and prepare for the future. Topics include:
The 11 sessions meet on Tuesdays each month at selected locations around the county. Sessions run from 8-5 pm. with some exceptions.
Civic Days – may include tours. Times may vary depending on visit locations. Each Civic Day sessions will include a Keynote Speaker discussion based on the topic(s) participants have prepared for through assignments and readings related to the monthly topic. The first portion of the session will feature a keynote speaker. The second portion of the session will consist of a meal break providing you time to network with program participants and occasionally, keynote speakers to examine related community topics such as economic development, government, quality of life & more. Civic Days will also include a scheduled time for you to meet with your mentor and peer group to give updates on leadership progress, discuss challenges and seek input from your closed mentor group.
Leadership Best Practices Days – will be interactive and lecture format to learn about current leadership theory and their application to your work in Lewis County. Pre-readings and reflections through Moodle will help you prepare for the interactive activities of the leadership learning focused days.
*New this year*
There are two courses that people may choose from this year. Our traditional Certificate Program and now participants wanting to pursue a Leadership Masters degree can register for credit through SUNY Potsdam. These participants would be required to commit to additional assignments and pay a separate additional tuition fee. For those wishing to apply for the credit they would need to fill out the following application: www.potsdam.edu/nondegree. Information about the additional tuition fee can be found at: https://www.potsdam.edu/admissions/financial-aid/graduate-cost-attendance.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the Chamber of Commerce at 315-376-2213.