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Leadership Champlain

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"Strengthening Leadership, Building Community"

Applications for the Class of 2022 are now closed.

Email Tori Colarusso to be notified when applications for next year’s class open up.

Tuition & Fees

Total tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 Leadership Champlain program are as follows:

Application Fee – $50 (due with application)
Member Tuition – $2,000 
Non-Member Tuition – $2,500
MEMBER TOTAL – $2,050
NON-MEMBER TOTAL – $2,550

The $50 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until you submit the fee.

If you applied last year but were not accepted, your application fee will be waived.

If you are selected for the class, tuition is due by Monday, August 16, 2021. Tuition assistance may be available. NOTE: the application fee is not applied to the class tuition.

You may pay the application fee online or make checks payable to “Lake Champlain Chamber” and mail to:

Lake Champlain Chamber
60 Main Street, Suite 100
Burlington, VT 05401

Applications are due Monday, April 19th. You’ll be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance on Tuesday, June 15th.

2021-2022 Program Dates

All members of the cohort must be able to attend eight of the nine program days AND the mandatory two-day overnight retreat on September 16-17, 2021.

All members of the cohort must be able to commit to 4-6 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.

Class of 2022 Program Dates: 

September 16-17 (mandatory overnight opening retreat)
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
March 10
June 14

Members of the cohort should expect to be in Leadership Champlain session from 8:00am-5:00pm on these days.

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

  • 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.

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 Tori Colarusso.

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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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