• Applications for the 2023-2024 Leadership Dutchess program are closed.
    Applications for the class of 2024-2025 will reopen on February 1, 2024 – please check back then.
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  • 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.


    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.


    • 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 2024 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 for the 2023-2024 Leadership Dutchess program is $1,595. This covers all costs including meals and all course materials. Payment options are available. Tuition is non-refundable.


    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, Leadership Dutchess candidates may apply for the Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship. Applications for this scholarship will re-open in Spring 2024.

    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 Leadership Dutchess 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.


  • Leadership Dutchess Class of 2024 Proposed Session Schedule

    October 5-6 Kickoff Session and Retreat: 9 am - 5 pm each day*

    November 2: 9 am - 5 pm*

    November 8: 5 pm – 7 pm: Business After Hours/Welcome Mixer for Leadership Dutchess

    December 7:  9 am – 5 pm

    January 11: 9 am – 5 pm

    February 8:  9 am – 5 pm

    March 7:  9 am – 5 pm

    April 4:  9 am – 5 pm

    May 2:  9 am – 5 pm

    May 23:  9 am – 1 pm

    Class Fundraiser: Date TBD*

    Graduation: June 6 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm (Location TBA)* 

    *- denotes required attendance



    • Lauren Beale
      Dutchess Tourism, Inc.
    • Isis Benitez
      YWCA of Ulster County
    • Tyreik Brown
      TEG Federal Credit Union
    • Joan Carl
      Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley Chapter
    • Bryan Cole
      Peckham Industries, Inc.
    • Dareshanie D'Arpino
      Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh & Poughkeepsie, Inc.
    • Amber Davies
      Adams Fairacre Farms
    • David Dones
      Children's Home of Poughkeepsie
    • Brooke Doyne
      Rondout Savings Bank
    • Alexander Ellick 
      Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
    • Amy Elmanakhly
      Children's Home of Poughkeepsie
    • Jessica Erbacher
      Hudson Valley Credit Union
    • Tanya Fearon
      Westchester Medical Center Health Network
    • James Ferguson
      Hudson Valley Credit Union
    • Diana Fredenberg
      Nuvance Health
    • John Hafner
      Revel 32 on Cannon Street
    • Kristie Hagen
      United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region
    • Jennifer Hernandez
      Hudson Valley Credit Union
    • Christian Jones
      Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services 
    • Allison Kari
      Air National Guard 105th Logistics Readiness Squadron/City of Kingston Police Department
    • Cooper Leatherwood
      Town of Fishkill
    • Christina Mazzarella
      Mackey Butts & Whalen, LLP
    • John Pierre-Louis
      The Chamber Foundation, Inc.
    • Benjamin Porter
      RBT CPAs, LLP
    • Rashad Ricketts
      Central Hudson Gas & Electric Coporation
    • Michael Roe
      New York Air National Guard
    • Lauren Salatino 
      Tompkins Community Bank
    • Tabitha Sambells
      Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
    • Rocky Santo
      Lenscape Media
    • Rocio Sharrock
      Ace Endico Corporation
    • Allyson Smith     
      City of Poughkeepsie
    • Ashley Tanzillo
      Healthcare Association of New York State
    • Paul Thompson
      The Art Effect
    • James Tirella
      Peckham Industries, Inc.
    • Valerie Ubriaco
      American Heart Association 
    • Erika Voigt
      Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
    • Jacob Vosper
      CP Unlimited, Hudson Valley Division



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