CHAUTAUQUA LEADERSHIP NETWORK  Growing leaders since 1993

The Chautauqua Leadership Network Class Year

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Overview of Membership


Ideal candidates should

  • Live and/or work in Chautauqua County
  • Show interest in building a better community in active control of its destiny
  • Possess the willingness to participate in a growing network of knowledgeable and trained leaders
  • Seek improvement of leadership development skills for career achievement or participation in community activities
  • Have support from their sponsoring organization to attend programming
  • Have the time to devote to the program and the training

Program Core Competencies

Self-Awareness: an honest understanding of your own values, desires, thought patterns, motivations, goals and ambitions, emotional responses, strengths and weaknesses, and effect on others
Team Building: ability to inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust; facilitate cooperation and motivate team members to accomplish group goals
Creativity: ability to reexamine traditional strategies and practices, and proactively look for new ideas and ways to improve products, services, and work processes
Communication: ability to clearly convey information, expectations, and ideas to individuals and groups in ways that produce effective coordination; delivers and receives feedback with candor and civility
Asset Discovery: understanding of Chautauqua County business sectors and industry, available resources, and recreational activities
Organization Skills: ability to manage duties through wise planning, time optimization, detail orientation and prioritization
Developing Others: seeks opportunities to motivate and mentor individuals professionally; empower others to take on responsibilities; foster optimism and energy for reaching goals; help individuals develop broader understanding of potential career opportunities
Ethics/Integrity: ability to instill mutual trust and confidence, create a culture that fosters high standards of ethics, behave in a fair and ethical manner toward others, and demonstrate a sense of corporate responsibility and commitment to service
Leading Change: ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals; ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment
Social Intelligence: capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves and for managing emotions effectively in others and ourselves especially in social interactions
Networking/Building Partnerships: ability to develop contacts with people who are a source of information and support and maintaining those contacts through various methods; ability to identify and initiate working relationships and to develop and maintain them in a way that is of mutual benefit

~ CLN Class List for 2020 ~


Andy Studd Craig Garaas-Johnson Mike Micciche
Annie Chartrand David Cyron Randy Cannon
Bobbie Morris Diane Anderson Sarah Khan
Brian Johnson DJ Wilson Seridan A. Smith
Brita Howe Joe Cabera Suzanne Fassett Wright
Chris Swanson Krysta Rives Terri Johnson
Christine Wilson Laurie Reynolds Valerie Weber
Christopher Taverna Lisa Melquist  
Courtney Curatolo Martha Schmitt  



Andy Studd – Annie Chartrand – Bobbie Morris – Brian Johnson – Brita Howe – Chris Swanson – Christine Wilson – Christopher Taverna – Courtney Curatolo – Craig Garaas-Johnson – David Cyron – Diane Anderson – DJ Wilson – Joe Cabera – Krysta Rives – Laurie Reynolds – Lisa Melquist – Martha Schmitt – Mike Micciche – Randy Cannon – Sarah Khan – Seridan A. Smith – Suzanne Fassett Wright – Terri Johnson – Valerie Weber


Our Mission

To identify and nurture regional leaders, provide a framework for an emerging network of skilled civic trustees and help our communities to meet the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.

Class of 2022
Class Year Schedule

CLN Orientation Retreat with Kirk Young and Kyle Reyes
Friday/Saturday – February 18-19
7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Chautauqua Harbor Hotel

Welcome Reception Class of 2022
Saturday, March 12
12 pm – 2 pm
Location TBD

Leadership Scavenger Hunt
Cindy Aronson
Thursday, March 17
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
National Comedy Center

Case Studies in Leadership
Craig Garass-Johnson
Wednesday, April 13
Park UMC

Panel Discussion
Tuesday, May 10
8 am – 12 pm
St Mary’s Church, Mayville

Difficult Conversations
Simone Sellstrom
Wednesday, June 15
1-5 pm
JCC South

Introduction to Leaders in Action
PD Committee
Tuesday, July 12
8 am – 12 pm
21 Brix

Chautauqua Lecture
Theme: New Profiles in Courage
Time TBD
Chautauqua Institution

Leaders in Action Presentations
Tuesday, Sept. 13
8 am – 12 pm
Park UMC
Sponsor UWSCC

Creative Leadership
Jane Fischer
Wednesday October 13
1-5 pm
Location TBD

Capstone and Celebration!
Tuesday, Nov. 8
1-5 pm
21 Brix

CLN Annual Meeting
December – TBD
4 pm
Location TBD

Apply for Membership

Application Instructions

  • The application overview must be signed by the candidate, any financial sponsor, and the candidate’s employer.
  • Class size is limited due to our commitment to provide high quality training and educational experiences to our members.
  • Limited scholarship opportunities for qualified candidates. Contact CLN to inquire details.
  • Please spend the time necessary to fully complete the application.