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

Class of 2022

~ CLN Class List for 2022 ~


Peter Moll – Lake Shore Savings Bank

Zachary Stahlsmith – Self Employed/AutoVideo Technician

Maxwell Walter – Darwin R Baker Historical Museum

Nicole Gustafson – United Way SCC

Thad Payne – Comedy Center

Ashley Senske – Comedy Center

Kate Rinko – Comedy Center

Daniel Grambow – Chautauqua Institution

Wende Lescynski – JCC

Mallary Tyler – UPMC Chautauqua

Natalie Langworthy – Self Employed/LMT

Karli Champ – JCC

Amanda Teleford – JCLC

Sony Tom-Aime – Chautauqua Institution

Lindsay Nobbs – YWCA

Kristen Mackenzie – The Resource Center

Michelle Jones – Northwest bank

Victoria Eckert – Youth MOVE National

Whitney Gleason – Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

Carrie Swanson – Chamber of Commerce

Brian Rovegno – SBDC

Stacey Tanner – Bellvue University

Francisco Rivera – The Women’s Christian Association

Carri Raynor – CHQ County Dept. of Mental Health

Emma Bloomquist – Anderson Precision

Mikayla Certo – Gebbie Foundation

John Felton – Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union

Haleigh Hazard – Brookdale Senior Living

Michael Nordin – Mental Health Association of CHQ County

Rob Sciarrino – DFT

Shannon Davis – DFT

Michelle Tambascio – CHQ Region Community Foundation

Natasha Battle – Prevention Works


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 2023
Class Year Schedule

CLN Orientation Retreat with Kirk Young and Kyle Reyes
Friday/Saturday – February 17-18
7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Chautauqua Harbor Hotel

Welcome Reception Class of 2023
Saturday, March 11
12 pm – 2 pm
Location TBD

Leadership Scavenger Hunt
Cindy Aronson
Thursday, March 16
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
National Comedy Center

Case Studies in Leadership
Craig Garass-Johnson
Wednesday, April 12
1 pm – 5 pm
Location TBD

Designing Your Career Compass
Annie Chartrand
Tuesday, May 9
8 am – 12 pm
Location TBD

Introduction To Leaders In Action
CLN Program Development Committee
Wednesday, June 14
1 pm – 5 pm
Location TBD

Difficult Conversations
Simone Selstrom
Tuesday, July 11
8 am  – 12 pm
21 Brix

Chautauqua Institute Lecture

Leaders in Action Presentations
Tuesday, Sept. 12
1 pm – 5 pm
Location TBD

Creative Leadership
Jane Fischer
Wednesday, October 11
8 am – 12 pm
Location TBD

Capstone and Graduation!
Tuesday, Nov. 8
1 pm – 5 pm
Location TBD

CLN Annual Meeting
Monday, Dec. 11
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.