• The Executive Leadership Program is a comprehensive, hands-on program dedicated to developing extraordinary leaders of the future.  Each session is carefully crafted with a blend of lectures, panel discussions, peer to peer tabletop exercises and specific reading requirements that enable participants to apply concepts learned to real-life business challenges. Ideal candidates are mid to upper-level managers of both for profit and nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors and small business owners, as well as key employees who are being developed by their employers for future senior leadership positions.

  • The program is organized into five modules that are scheduled between January and May 2024. These sessions will cover a set of interrelated topics that are critical to the success of executives in organizations of all kinds, including large and small for-profit companies, governmental agencies, healthcare, and not-for-profit organizations. Each module is led by executives with many years of senior-level, real-world experience. Sessions employ a variety of tools and activities to engage participants, including reading assignments, presentations, individual and group exercises, panel discussions, and, in the case of the Executive Communication module, recording and individual coaching.

  • Tuition and Registration Information:

    Tuition is $2,500 and covers all sessions, materials, and meals. Tuition for non-profit organizations and small businesses with 20 employees or less is $2,000.

    Applicants will be required to complete a candidate profile and their employer a candidate nomination form – see links at the top of this page to apply.

    Acceptance into the program will be determined once all are reviewed. Enrollment is limited. Deadline to apply: Friday, December 8th

    For questions regarding the Executive Leadership Program, call Laura Doe, Director of Programming and Development at 845.454.1700 x 1025 or email laura@chamberfdn.org.


    A limited amount of scholarships based on financial need are available. Please contact the Foundation office at 845.454.1700 ext. 1025 or email laura@chamberfdn.org.

    In addition, Executive Leadership candidates may apply for the Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship.

    Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship

    In recognition of the outstanding leadership of Dutchess County Regional Chamber Commerce Past President and CEO Charles S. North, a scholarship was established in 2014 upon his retirement. 

    Awarded to any individual living or working in Dutchess County, the Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship signifies Mr. North’s commitment to inspiring and mentoring leaders across the region.

    To apply, fill out the Executive Leadership Application and check the box for “Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship”. To qualify you must meet the following criteria: 

    • Live or work in Dutchess County or for a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    • Attach a 500 word essay expressing how the program will help you advance your professional career. Incorporate your sentiments on what defines a great leader. In your essay, articulate in 100 additional words the financial need for the scholarship.
    • Applicant's employer must be a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    • You must establish a financial need and desire to participate in the program.

    Full and/or partial scholarships will be awarded.


  • Executive Leadership - Class of 2024

    Julie Barr, Hudson Valley Credit Union

    Rosana Caro, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

    Melissa Clark, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

    Stephanie Dunninger, Meyer Contracting Corporation

    Ricky Fareira, New Horizons Resources

    Mitzy Farrell, Fit and Fun Playscapes LLC

    Jesse Fortes, Nuvance Health

    Martin Gilmore, Hudson Valley Credit Union

    Marco Ingoglia, The Child Abuse Prevention Center

    Madison Kappel, Peckham Industries, Inc.

    Jacob Lyons, Anderson Center for Autism

    Darcy McCourt, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

    Betheny Mills, Greater Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

    Araea Minnow, Mid-Hudson Region Group of Northwestern Mutual

    Carl Norris, Dutchess Community College

    Amanda Potter, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

    Stacy Powers, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

    Jennifer Radicone, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County

    Will Rush, Vassar College

    Mark Sclafani, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

    Leslie Sewell, Rondout Savings Bank




  • Executive Leadership Committee Executive Leadership Committee

    Salvatore Calta, Jr., Chair
    Calta Consulting, Inc.

    Cheryl Bowers
    Rondout Savings Bank

    Erin Cafarelli
    The Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

    William Francis
    Fortress Financial Advisory, LLP

    Jennifer Howland

    Steve Lant
    Retired Executive

    Tina Ludwig
    Hudson Valley Credit Union

    Pam Porath, PhD
    Willow Path Consulting, LLC

    Robyn Williams
    Hudson Valley Credit Union

  • Testimonials

  • At Peckham Industries, developing mastery is one of our values and is an essential skill. The Executive Leadership program run by The Chamber Foundation has been excellent in providing insights and best practices for our leaders to develop mastery. Our leaders learn from seasoned faculty who know the region very well and leverage best practices from other organizations. One key benefit for leaders participating in the program is developing an outside-in approach for addressing today’s challenges in the communities these leaders serve. 

    -Anand Sud, Vice President and CHRO, Peckham Industries Inc.

    "The Executive Leadership experience has provided me with a valuable, realistic, and professional skill set I can prioritize into my future. Equipped with some new perspectives, especially in overall business and project management, I'm grateful for the engagement opportunities and dynamic panel discussions. I feel like I'm not walking away from this class - I'm just walking in a different direction with supportive folks to call on as professional colleagues and mentors. I've already been able to put strategies into practice well before this class was over".

    -Jessica Dickinson, Pathfinder Foundation



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    2024 Session dates

    Sessions take place 8 am to 12 noon unless otherwise specified, at various locations across Dutchess County.

    1. Managing Yourself:                          Wednesday January 10 and 24
    2. Strategic Planning and Execution:  Wednesday February 14 and 28
    3. Executive Communication:              Wednesday March 13 and 27
    4. Managing for Success:                     Wednesday April 10 and 24
    5. Human Resources in Today’s Environment: Wednesday May 8 and 22



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