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.
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
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.
Our 2023-2024 program will start on October 12 with an in-person session in Delhi. We will continue to meet on the second Wednesday of each month through May 2024. A graduation recognition will be celebrated at the Chamber’s Business and Breakfast event in June 2024.
Applicants may be sponsored by a business, municipality, or a community organization. Tuition, payable by sponsor or participant, is $595 per participant. Tuition includes all program fees, meals, and materials. Payment is required prior to the first class.
An application( 2023 application packet (revised) ) must be submitted by October 1. 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
2023 – 2024 SCHEDULE
Opening Session October 12, 2023 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Collective Leadership
Theory of Community Leadership
Focusing on Vision and Passion
Simulated Societal Activity (SIMSOC) November 9, 2023 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch provided
Building Your Toolkit December 14, 2023 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch provided
Communication in Conflict
Partnering with Local Media to Deliver Your Message
Quality of Life and Value of Place January 11, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch provided
What is Placemaking and Should I Care?
A Historical Perspective of Community
Managing the Visitor Economy
Business and Industry February 8, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch provided
Tour(s) of local companies
BOCES as Economic Development Engine
Mentoring Toward Population Recovery
Social Dynamics March 14, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch provided
Trauma Informed Practices
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Impact of Poverty
Government April 11, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch provided
Applying leadership theory to practice
Local Challenges, Local Solutions
Recycling/Compost Facility Tour
Public Safety/Criminal Justice
Agriculture May 9, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch provided
Watershed Agricultural Council
Delaware County Farm Bureau
Tours of Area Farms
Review of Lessons and Resources
June 20, 2024 | 8:30 to 10:00 am
To be held at Chamber’s Business and Breakfast Event