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What is the time commitment for the program?

  • The program runs for a total of 12 days over 10 months, one day a month from September until June. The only exception is the October session, which is a mandatory leadership retreat of three days. Beyond the scheduled program, participants will manage their own outside class time as needed to complete their team assignments.

What are the program dates?

  • September 14, 2017
  • October 11, 12 & 13, 2017
  • November 16, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • January 25, 2018
  • February 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018
  • April 19. 2018
  • May 17, 2018
  • June 14, 2018

What if I want to attend the program but can't make some of the dates?

It is important to attend all the sessions, with the October session being mandatory.

How do I get into LLV?

LLV is an open enrollment program of CBI. Participants are often nominated by their organizations to attend, but people may also self-select their attendance.

What happens if I can't get in the program?

If the class is full, you can be waitlisted in the event of a cancellation or you can be put on the roster for the next class.

What is the class size?

Our ideal class size is 25 participants.

When can I register?

Online registration begins January 9th. The class roster will be finalized when the class is full or by August 31, 2017.

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What is the cost?

The tuition is $2,400 per person, to be paid at the time of registration. Payment reserves a place on the program roster. Tuition covers all costs associated with the program including training, materials and meals.

What is the benefit to an employer to send a participant to LLV?

Participants selected by nominating organizations will benefit from a 10 month long leadership immersion program. While a goal of LLV is to prepare leaders to serve and be instrumental in sustaining a healthy community in the Lehigh Valley, the leadership and networking opportunities will also benefit the nominating organization. Participants will serve and represent your organization to the broader region. LLV is a very unique learning lab for leadership and participants will apply their learnings back to their paying job.

Who should participate?

People who are looking for ways to enhance their leadership skills and people who are interested in learning more about the region and how it operates in terms of Government, Education, Social Services and Culture among other topics. Participants must be willing to be actively engaged in their own learning.

What are the benefits to participants to attend?

Participants will be able to immediately apply their leadership learnings to their jobs. Other benefits are focused on networking and getting to know other classmates, learning about the valley and joining an impressive network of alumni - people who are involved in and care about their community.

What is the program daily schedule?

We start at 8:00am and end by 4:30pm. The daily structure will vary depending on the topics presented but typically it will include a morning in which topical areas are explored, and an afternoon focused on leadership and its application. There are times that participants will be on site visits or will be engaged in volunteer work. The final program agenda will be presented to participants at the opening September session.

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. Donna Goss and Don Robertson will take personal responsibility for the leadership development portion of the program. This will include the three-day retreat that will focus on The Practices of Successful Leaders.

Are there commitments/expectations after the program?

Many participants will join nonprofit boards in the Lehigh Valley. Others will become volunteers and advocates for issues about which they are passionate. All participants will be encouraged to actively engage in helping sustain a healthy and vibrant Lehigh Valley. Following the program, selected participants will be asked to become involved in supporting the program for the following year.

Do participants get follow up coaching or consulting support?

If participants have questions or need coaching/consulting support for implementing their leadership skills either at work or in service to the community, they can contact CBI. There are no additional costs associated with the occasional support participants may want or need.

Are there additional program offerings from LLV?

There are forums and workshops beyond the core program. Topical areas cover:

  • Understanding Board Financials
  • Governance Role and Responsibilities
  • Improving Board Meeting Quality
  • The Realties of Engaging the Board
  • Developing Board Strategic Direction
  • Handling Differences
  • On-Boarding New Members
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