St. Lawrence Leadership Institute recruiting for Class of 2014-15
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 4:29 pm

CANTON – The St. Lawrence Leadership Institute is recruiting for the class of 2014-2015 for those with an with interest in learning about important challenges facing the county, improving leadership skills and working with other community leaders.

There are only 25 slots available for the upcoming class, according to Pat McKeown, President of SLLI and Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, parent organization of the Institute.

The program is a 10-month with classes held at a variety of venues across the county from September through May, the second Thursday of each month, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Tuition is $550 and includes all course materials for the 10 sessions, graduation dinner, and meals at the monthly classes. An additional non-refundable application fee of $25 can be waived if applicant is recommended by an alumnus.

An important first step to the program is a candid assessment of one’s own leadership style, with its advantages and disadvantages. In addition, each month class members discuss a current public policy with county-wide impact.

Topics range from agriculture to technology, from economic development to the environment, and from healthcare and public safety to education and the arts. The third part of each session involves specific leadership skills, like developing sound editorial positions, group dynamics, and public speaking.

“My membership in the class of 2012 provided a great reflection of myself as a leader and the needs of the county,” said Ruth A. Doyle, Assistant to the Administrator for St. Lawrence County Government. “The sessions demonstrated a valuable understanding of the economy, government and organizations within the County and revealed to us how integrated all systems are. “The Institute also provided many opportunities for me to determine what kind of leader I can be; the class as a whole evolved to a greater level of awareness and fostered an initiative to work toward a better St. Lawrence County.”

Founded in 1993, SLLI’s mission continues “to foster the development and engagement of emerging and existing leaders for the advancement of St. Lawrence County community. More than 400 county residents have completed the program. Alumni of the Institute work in small businesses and major industries, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, government and the non-profit sector.

Many employers provide the program to up-and-coming leaders; ask for information from your employer. Tuition assistance is also available thanks to generous support from the Sweetgrass Foundation, the Development Authority of the North Country, the United Way and SLLI alumni.

For more information about the St. Lawrence Leadership Institute, contact any one of the Board of Directors, visit or follow SLLI on Facebook.

Early admission deadline is June 1; space permitting, additional applications accepted until Aug. 1.