Leadership Eastern CT - Class of 2021 Application

Applicants must reside or work in eastern Connecticut and be a minimum of 21 years old. Please refer to ChamberECT.com/leadership or “Leadership Program Fact Sheet” for complete qualifications. Applicant must be employed by a Chamber member business. Maximum class size = 30 participants.

A Selection Committee conducts all application screenings. Class members are selected based on application materials. Please be thorough and specific in your responses.

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, August 9, 2019. If you have any questions contact Megan Gilbert, Director of Programs at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT.
I. Personal Information and Demographics
Demographics are requested in order to provide aggregate data to program sponsors and grant funders that make this program possible. Providing demographic information is optional and does not affect your eligibility or consideration for program participation.
Use the email where you would like to receive program communications. Please add mgilbert@chamberect.com or @chamberect.com to your safe-sender lists.
Use MM/DD/YYYY format. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.
II. Employment
Business Address
III. Education
IV. Organization/Activities/Community Involvement
Please identify any leadership responsibilities and areas where you have managed projects, people, and/or processes (event chair, project chair, fundraising chair, board of directors, PTO/PTA, etc.).
Primary volunteer role at this time:
Other volunteer, professional, civic, etc. roles
Please list in order of importance to you, any other community, civic, professional, business, social, athletic, and other organizations of which you have been a member.
V. General
VI. Schedule
The program requires total participation in the sessions during Year One every second Thursday, from approx. 8 AM to 4 PM. During Year Two, participants will plan a minimum of one session in small groups. See section VIII for more participation expectations. - Program Orientation (9/12/2019) - Health & Human Services (10/10/2019) - Education (11/14/2019) - Economic Development (12/12/2019) - Judicial (1/9/2020) - Media (2/13/2020) - Government (3/12/2020) - Military Affairs (4/9/2020) - Tourism, Arts & Transportation (5/14/2020) - Program Retreat (6/11/2020)
VII. Community Project
In addition to the class days listed above, your participation as a team member in a class project is also a requirement of the program. Participants will select, plan, and execute a civic service project in conjunction with a Chamber member nonprofit organization. It must be completed in the first year of the program (Sept-June). The project allows participants to put into action the lessons and leadership skills they will have learned, while leaving a lasting impact on the local community. Parameters of the project are developed by the participants, but scope may include fundraising, drives, and a hands-on aspect such as refurbishing a building or hosting an event. Planning time will be built into each session to the extent possible based on session agendas, however time may still be required outside of class dates. Time commitment varies for each project.
VIII. Participation
In order for our program to accomplish its stated goals, a two-year commitment and full participation of each individual is necessary. Graduation from the program will be contingent on completion of both years. If a participant fails to complete the course for any reason, tuition will not be refunded. Class guidelines include: YEAR ONE: Full participation in the curriculum is a requirement for graduation. - More than three full-day absences, counted in half-day increments during the program year, will result in expulsion from the program. - Participation in a productive manner in a class project is required. See VII. YEAR TWO: Participants will be assigned to at least one planning committee for the sessions of the following year’s program. - A participant is expected to attend session planning meetings with their respective committee(s), as well as attend those designated sessions. - A graduation ceremony and reception will be held in June of year two.
IX. Tuition
Tuition for each participant in the LEADERSHIP EASTERN CT two-year program is $875.00. An invoice will be provided upon acceptance to the Program. Tuition is non-refundable and must be paid prior to September 12, 2019. Make checks payable to Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT.
Partial scholarships are available for: small business applicants (under 10 total employees), non-profit or not-for-profit applicants, and minority applicants. Please submit a formal letter of request along with this application. Be sure to indicate how this program will benefit you and your organization, any personal community involvement not already outlined in the application, and whether you are able to participate in the program should you not be selected for a scholarship. Requests for financial assistance do not affect consideration for acceptance.
Who will pay your tuition?