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  • Leadership Dutchess applications have closed for the 2022-2023 year. 
    Please note that applications for the class of 2023-2024 will open on 2/1/23.

    Do you want to have a more powerful, positive and lasting impact within your employment organization and/or your community? Are you ready to uncover, deepen and build upon your natural strengths as a leader, but need support in exploring the challenges of effective leadership? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to submit an application for The Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Dutchess program.

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

    Group of people doing a team building exercise in the woods Leadership Dutchess is the signature program of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. and has been dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community. This program was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. Leadership Dutchess sessions and all course work contribute to the knowledge and understanding of leadership.

    Each session is conducted by prominent individuals from the public and private sector, sharing their knowledge on real-world topics of leadership/ municipal concerns impacting the Hudson Valley Region.

    BY THE END OF THE PROGRAM
    YOU WILL:

    • Recognize your personal leadership strengths and know how to use them most effectively.
    • Perceive and build on the strengths inherent in others to create powerful alliances to achieve mutual goals.
    • Learn how to use your personal influence to inspire and develop collaborative relationships.
    • Learn to respond effectively to dynamically changing conditions both in the workplace and in your community.
    • Become aware of your impact on others, learn to create your desired impact and begin to take responsibility for that impact in your professional life and in your community.
    • Be ready to assume new responsibilities and leadership roles in your organization and in your community.
    • Develop personal/professional growth due to exposure to community issues and leaders.
    • Participate in an informative, eye-opening, thought-provoking program.
    • Visit “restricted” or difficult to access programs and facilities in our county.
    • Open a window for volunteer opportunities.
    • Become a member of an exclusive community of over 800 Leadership Dutchess graduates.


    Class of 2023 Details:

    Leadership Dutchess will kick off in October with graduation in June.

    • Robust sessions will cover a variety of leadership and personal development topics.
    • In-person sessions are planned with the ability to participate virtually.
    • Enhanced opportunity to interact with local nonprofits.
    • Small scholarships are available on a limited basis to nonprofits and sole proprietors. Payment plans are available as well.

    All programming will have the ability to go virtual if needed. Online platforms will be used to help continue learning in the case that in-person meetings are not possible. 

    Attendance policy: No more than 16 hours can be missed by each participant - late arrivals, early departures, and appointments during class also count toward missed hours.

    Application Information:

    Each applicant must have a recommendation submitted from their employer. Applicants will be reviewed by the committee; select applicants will be granted an interview and notified of acceptance. Class size is limited. For more information on the Leadership Dutchess program please contact Laura Doe, Director of Programming and Development for The Chamber Foundation, at 845.454.1700 ext. 1025 or by email at laura@chamberfdn.org.

    Tuition:

    Tuition for the 2022-2023 Leadership Dutchess program is $1,495. This covers all costs including meals and all course materials. Payment options are available.  Tuition is non-refundable.

    Scholarship:

    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.

    Proposed Session Schedule: Leadership Dutchess Class of 2023

    October 13 Kickoff Session: 9am - 5pm*

    October 26: Business After Hours/Welcome Mixer for Leadership Dutchess: 5pm - 7pm

    November 3 and 4: Retreat beginning 9am each day*

    December 8: 9am - 5pm

    January 5: 9am - 5pm

    February 2: 9am - 5pm

    March 2: 9am - 5pm

    April 13: 9am - 5pm

    May 4: 9am - 5pm

    May 25: 9am - 1pm

    Class Fundraiser: Date TBD*

    June 1: Graduation - 5:30pm - 8:30pm (location TBA)*

    *denotes required attendance

  • LEADERSHIP DUTCHESS IS SPONSORED BY:

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  • 2023 LEADERSHIP DUTCHESS CLASS

    • Shelby Adrian – Kirchoff Companies
    • Kerstin Anderson – Adams Fairacre Farms
    • Tania Arroyo – Adams Fairacre Farms
    • Tina Arroyo – iHeart Media
    • Simone Bardowell – United Real Estate
    • Carolyn Bell – RBT CPAs, LLP
    • Fallon Brady – Rondout Savings Bank
    • Erica Bush – Hudson Valley Credit Union
    • Cynthia Cretara – Tompkins Community Bank
    • Anthony Crisafulli – Peckham Industries, Inc.
    • Maribel Cruz – Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie
    • Colleen Dorney – Dutchess Tourism
    • Demaj Ffriend – Rhinebeck Bank
    • Caitlyn Germinaro – Wraparound Services of the Hudson Valley
    • Lucy Herrera – Rhinebeck Bank
    • Jennifer Hess – Peckham Industries, Inc.
    • Gail Marquez – Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie
    • Chelsea Moore – Meadows – Community at Brookmeade
    • Erin Moran – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
    • Nikki Moravec – RBT CPAs, LLP
    • Cassandra Paupst – Rhinebeck Bank
    • Jose Peralta – Air National Guard
    • Heather Perry – Atlas Security Services
    • Samantha Riley – Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County
    • Monika Simpson – Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
    • Colleen Spinner – Peckham Industries, Inc.
    • Darcelle Taylor, Bread Alone Bakery
    • Jessica Terwilliger – Hudson Valley Credit Union
    • Candace Watt – M&T Bank
    • Nicholas Wermuth – Anderson Center for Autism
    • Stephanie Werskey – Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • Brian Zeiden – The Baptist Home at Brookmeade Community