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Leadership Champlain

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"Strengthening Leadership, Building Community"

Applications for Leadership Champlain Class of 2022-2023 are now closed.


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The Program

Leadership Champlain is a professional development and community engagement program of the Lake Champlain Chamber with a mission to foster growth and leadership in professionals who will serve our community now and in the future.  Each cohort is limited to 36 individuals.

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, Public Safety and Justice, Education, Healthcare, Energy and Environment, and Civic Engagement will be explored by the cohort.


Ideal Applicant

  • Holds a position of or has 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.

Selection Process

The Leadership Champlain Selection Committee is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and seeks to accept a diverse class representative of our community. Leadership Champlain is committed to the recruitment and selection of applicants without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity or expression, or any other factor or characteristic protected by law.

Leadership Champlain is also committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Alex Bunten.

Program Schedule

Seminar days are typically set for the second Tuesday of every month from October to June. 

The schedule for the class of 2023 is as follows:

Opening Retreat

Sept. 22-23 (mandatory two full days of programming and overnight stay)

Seminar Days

Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 9, June 13


All members of the cohort must be able to attend eight of the nine program days AND the mandatory two-day overnight retreat in September.

All members of the cohort must be able to commit to 8-10 hours of additional work per month throughout the program. This time will be spent on two separate group projects and any necessary pre-reading that is distributed prior to program days.

Members of the cohort should expect to be in Leadership Champlain sessions from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the seminar days.

Tuition & Fees

Leadership Champlain – Chamber Member

Class of 2022-2023
$ 2,350 (total cost)
  • Application Fee – $50 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition – $2,300

Leadership Champlain – Non-chamber Member

Class of 2022-2023
$ 2,850 (total cost)
  • Application Fee – $50 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition – $2,800


**Tuition assistance is available on a limited basis. See application for further details.

Candidates will be notified of acceptance 

or non-acceptance by Tuesday, June 14.


If you have any questions, please contact: 

Alex Bunten, program director, [email protected], 802-863-3489, ext 201

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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