CHAUTAUQUA LEADERSHIP NETWORK  Growing leaders since 1993

The Chautauqua Leadership Network Class Year

Chautauqua Leadership Network Logo





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.

2020 Session Dates

2020 Session Dates

February, 21-22   7:30am – 9pm
CLN Orientation Retreat
Chautauqua Suites Mayville
Event Sponsored by: Media One Radio Group, Nestlé Purina Petcare, Weber Knapp

Saturday, March 7  12pm – 2pm
Welcome Reception, Class of 2020
Location: Chautauqua Harbor Hotel
Reception sponsors: Media One Group, Lawley Insurance

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 –  8am-12pm
Boosting Creative Leadership
Class Facilitator: Jane Fischer
Location: JCC – Dunkirk
Class Sponsor: Shults Auto Group

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 1pm-5pm
Listen First
Class Facilitator: Brenda Lind
Location: Lawson Center
Class Sponsors: Cattaraugus County Bank County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8am – 12pm
Excelling as a Team
Class Facilitator: Cindy Aronson
Location: Fredonia Incubator
Class Sponsor: DFT Communications

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1pm-5pm
Conflict Management and Negotiation
Class Facilitator: Simone Sellstrom
Location: JCC – Jamestown
Class Sponsor: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – 8am-12pm
Online – Zoom
Strength Based Management
Class Facilitator: Michele Starwalt
Class Sponsor: Century 21 Turner Brokers

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – 1pm – 5pm
Session TBA
Class Facilitator: TBA
Location: TBA
Class Sponsor: Weber Knapp, The Resource Center

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – 8am – 12pm
Process Communication Model
Class Facilitator: Jason Letursky
Location YWCA
Class Sponsor: United Way of Southern Chautauqua County

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – 1pm-5pm
Leaders in Action (two groups)
Location: TBD South
Class Sponsor: Weinberg Financial Group

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8am-12pm
Leaders in Action (two groups)
Location: TBD South
Class Sponsors: Alliance Advisory Group Prevention Works, Inc.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 1pm-5pm
Class Year Capstone
Location: Prendergast Library
Class Sponsor: Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corporation

Class of 2020 Induction
Time & Location – TBD
Event Sponsored by: Media One Radio Group, Nestlé Purina Petcare, Weber Knapp

More information about 2020 classes will be added as it becomes available.

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. Please spend the time necessary to fully complete the application.