What are the criteria for selection?
Who are the class members?
Participants are adults from across our region representing a cross-section of the Lehigh Valley in gender, age, ethnicity, professional background, geography and personal interest. This diversity encourages a variety of viewpoints. The blend of each class varies, but generally includes business people, educators, non-profit executives, independent consultants, and business owners.
What is the application timeline?
The process begins in April. To ensure the quality of the LLV experience, class size is limited to about 35 participants yearly. Individuals are selected based on their merits and the perspectives they can bring to the group. All applications must be received by June 15 and are carefully reviewed by the LLV Board of Directors. The class is selected and notified in July.
What is a typical class day like?
The LLV class meets one day a month from September through May at locations throughout the Lehigh Valley that frequently pertain to the day's topic. Seminars run from 7:30 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Morning coffee, lunch, and refreshments are included.
Who are the presenters?
Presenters are community individuals who are recognized for their expertise on a topic. They are passionate and knowledgeable about the issues, challenges, and resources impacting quality of life in the region.
What are the requirements for graduation?
Active involvement in classes benefits the future leader, employee, and community. Class members must attend all seminars and participate fully. LLV permits two excused absences per program year and encourages attendance at any missed sessions in the following year.
Graduates agree to volunteer service in their community with an organization of their choice for a minimum of three years. Most graduates go on to serve as officers and directors on various non-profit boards as part of their ongoing service to the community.
Must my employer be my sponsor?
The employer is often the sponsor, but anyone can sponsor a participant. The sponsor is generally responsible for part of the tuition. Employers commit to allowing the applicant time to participate fully in the programs and fulfill the three-year volunteer obligation.
Self-employed candidates sponsor themselves. Sponsors are sent information about class activities and are invited to the graduation event.