Lewis County Leadership Academy

Join the Next Group of Leaders

Our Focus:
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.



Our Objectives
Leadership Skills Development ​ – Each month, attributes of inspiring leaders, skills necessary for effective​ ​leadership​ ​ (such​ ​as​ ​those​ ​listed​ ​below) ​ ​are​ ​also​ ​studied​ ​and​ ​practiced.

  • Communication & Presentation
  • Leadership vs Management
  • Building Relationships & Facilitating Team Success
  • Strengths Based Leadership
  • Managing Change & Adaptability
  • Emotional Intelligence (awareness of self & others)
  • Skills, Traits & Personality
  • Influencing & Providing Direction
  • Ethics and More!

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:

  • Agriculture and Food Down the Road
  • Government: Issues & Opportunities
  • Building Healthy Communities (Health, Diversity and Non-Profits)
  • History and Demographics
  • Military: Links to the World
  • Economic​ ​Development​ ​&​ Tourism

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.

Grad Credit Program can be found here
Certificate Program can be found here
Application Deadline is August 31st
Sponsorship Opportunities are also available

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the Chamber of Commerce at 315-376-2213.