LEAP

 

For an organization to enjoy sustained success in the community, the roots it puts down must come from the people within it. LEAP unites high-performing mid-career professionals from many different sectors — nonprofit, government, education, business — around the idea of growing stronger together through collaborative leadership and social responsibility.

A core component of the program is community engagement. Participants connect with the community to identify needs and form diverse Leadership Learning Lab Groups to address these needs. In conjunction with local non-profit partners, teams have developed projects related to children youth, community and economic development, arts and culture, anti-racism and more. The experience creates a process for self discovery and growth – LEAP participants return to their organizations with stronger relational and leadership skills that they also apply to the communities in which they live and work.

A core component of the program is community engagement. Participants connect with the community work on projects that serve community needs. These teams have developed projects related to children and youth, community and economic development, arts and culture, support for the homeless and more. The experience creates a process for self discovery and growth – LEAP participants return to their organizations with stronger relational and leadership skills that they also apply to the communities in which they live and work.

RETREAT

A two-day retreat held in September that focuses on self-assessment of leadership skills and introduces participants to the region and to LPV’s leadership philosophy as well as Leadership Lab projects.  The retreat is typically an overnight, but not confirmed either way yet.

POSITIVE LEADERSHIP

This curriculum is designed specifically for community leadership programs providing a thought-provoking roadmap for training leaders based on the principles of positive psychology. Positive Leadership focuses on seven interconnected capacities: authenticity, purpose, advocacy, resilience, community-building, reason, and gratitude. 

 

CHALLENGE DAYS

These day-long seminars (4 sessions) focus on 21st century leadership skills. 

FIELD EXPERIENCES

These day-long experiences (4 sessions) take place around the region, introducing participants to local leaders, the diversity of the Pioneer Valley, and community challenges and assets in the region, such as education, sustainability, transportation, and the regional economy.

LEADERSHIP LEARNING LABS

Participants are divided into teams as an opportunity to tackle regional issues and to fine-tune their leadership skills in a hands-on way. The Leadership Lab takes place in two phases. Phase 1 is a small project focused on a subregion designed to give the an opportunity to better understand our region and begin building team culture.  Phase 2 is a larger project, completed at the request of a community partner. Local non-profit organizations submit proposals and teams are encouraged to select a project that resonates with all team members. Each team is provided a dedicated coach (a LEAP Alumni) who observes, provides support, and asks questions to deepen their team learning while encouraging team members to engage in the process. Coaches also serve as a general resource for the teams throughout the learning lab process.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

The class of 2022 will meet once a month for full days from September through graduation in May.  We anticipate being hybrid.

Reception: Sept. 16

Retreat: Sept. 23 & 24

Oct 1 & 22

Nov. 19

Dec. 17

Jan. 21*

Feb. 25*

March 25*

April 29

Graduation: May 25

*snow days Jan. 29, Mar. 4 & Apr. 1

Who Is It For?

Emerging and existing leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors

Applicant Requirements

application information

Tuition Cost

The full tuition cost is $3,950, $350 of that is suggested personal tuition. Tuition assistance is available on an as needed basis. Tuition covers all costs including food, retreats, day-long field and challenge days, one full year of LPV membership, LEAP and member events during the program year. Check out Brennan Scholarship for public servant scholarship.

APPLY FOR LEAP 2022

Rachel Cook

Program Manager

(413) 737-3876.

rcook@leadershippv.org