Leaderful Delaware Emerging Leaders Program

Our Vision

To develop diverse leaders who are grounded in their own leadership, can sustain themselves as leaders, support the leadership of others, and can drive community change and growth.

Program Goals

  • Develop a shared understanding of leaderful communities
  • Enhance the skills necessary to solve problems collaboratively, including effective communication, meeting facilitation, and conflict resolution
  • Connect community impact work to professional and personal growth
  • Encourage and support practices that restore, inspire, sustain, and empower community leaders
  • Build  interconnected pipelines of community change agents
  • Inspire a peer network
  • Create a network of mentors for emerging leaders

Program Overview

Participants receive in-depth exposure to critical issues facing Delaware County and the Catskill Mountains region through lectures, small group conversations, personal introspection, and panel discussions featuring current community leaders.

The innovative curriculum is based on scientific theories of organizational and community leadership. Leaderful Delaware offers an alternative to the traditional model and calls on leaders to be concurrent, collective, collaborative, and compassionate. Strategies include effective facilitation, dialogue skills, intensive listening skills, managing conflict, intercultural competence, leadership styles, and peer coaching.

Program Schedule

Remote classes start on March 16, and will continue on the third and fourth Tuesdays, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Participants and employers should plan for two three-hour remote sessions each month from March through June. No classes will be scheduled during the summer months to accommodate work on required community projects. Sessions resume on September 28 and the program concludes in November.

Program Fees

Applicants may be sponsored by a business, municipality, or a community organization. Tuition, payable by sponsor or participant, is $300 for the first company enrollee, $200 for the second enrollee from the same company, and $150 for each additional enrollee. Tuition includes all program fees and materials. Payment is required prior to the first class.

Application Process

2021 Leaderful Delaware application packet

An application must be submitted by paper, electronically, or online by February 26. This is a competitive selection process and, due to the limit on the number of applicants admitted to the program, not all applicants may be accepted.

Candidates will be selected on their:

  • Commitment and motivation to community service
  • Previous community service or a desire to become involved in community activities
  • Interest in public service and a desire to learn more about public policy
  • Potential to advance to leadership positions within their companies
  • Commitment to remain in Delaware County

Leaderful Delaware Emerging Leaders Program is an initiative of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. As a private, not-for-profit, membership organization, the Chamber is a unifying force dedicated to community vitality and economic prosperity.

For more information about Leaderful Delaware and other Chamber programs, contact:

Ray Pucci, President

Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

5 ½ Main Street, Suite 3

Delhi, NY 13753






The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce believes that healthy communities begin with healthy businesses. By focusing on key areas–community and economic development, advocacy, tourism promotion, and business engagement–we partner with municipal leaders, community organizations, and local companies to present a unified voice of business for the improvement of our communities.