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

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

CLN Orientation Retreat: Self Awareness, Team Building & Creativity
February, 21-22   7:30am – 9pm
Chautauqua Suites Mayville

Welcome Reception, Class of 2020
Saturday, March 7  12pm – 2pm
Location – TBD

Boosting Creative Leadership – Jane Fischer
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8am-12pm
Location: JCC – Dunkirk

Listen First – Brenda Lind
Wednesday, April 8. 2020 1 – 5pm
Location: Lawson Center

Excelling as a Team – Cindy Aronson
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8am – 12pm
Location: Fredonia Incubator

Conflict Management and Negotiation – Simone Sellstrom
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1pm-5pm
Location: JCC – Jamestown

Lecture TBD
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8am-12pm
Location: Chautauqua Institution

Strength Based Management – Michelle Starwalt
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1 – 5pm
Location: Venue 31

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8am – 12pm
Location Venue 31

Process Communication Model – Jason Letursky
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1pm-5pm
Location: TBD South

Leaders in Action (two groups)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1pm-5pm
Location: TBD South

Leaders in Action (two groups)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8am-12pm
Location: TBD South

Class Year Capstone
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 1pm-5pm
Location: Prendergast Library

Class of 2020 Induction
Time & Location – TBD

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.