Apply to be a part of the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2020! Application deadline is June 3, 2019.

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The Leadership Dutchess Class of 2019  

Do you want to have a more powerful, positive and lasting impact within your employment organization and/or your community? Are you ready to uncover, deepen and build upon your natural strengths as a leader, but need support in exploring the challenges of effective leadership?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to submit an application for The Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Dutchess program.   

Leadership Dutchess is the signature program of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. and has been dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community.  This program was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. Leadership Dutchess sessions and all course work contribute to the knowledge and understanding of leadership.

Each day-long session is conducted by prominent individuals from the public and private sector, sharing their knowledge on real-world topics of leadership/ municipal concerns impacting the Hudson Valley Region.
Leadership Dutchess classes and events are held once per month from September through June. The nine monthly full-day sessions will be held at different locations in Dutchess County and are generally from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is mandatory that you attend seven of the nine monthly sessions, including the overnight retreat. No more than 16 hours can be missed by each participant – late arrivals, early departures and appointments during class also count toward missed hours.

By the end of this nine month program you will:

  • Recognize your personal leadership strengths and know how to use them most effectively.
  • Perceive and build on the strengths inherent in others to create powerful alliances to achieve mutual goals.    
  • Learn how to use your personal influence to inspire and develop collaborative relationships. 
  • Learn to respond effectively to dynamically changing conditions both in the workplace and in your community.
  • Become aware of your impact on others, learn to create your desired impact and begin to take responsibility for that impact in your professional life and in your community.  
  • Be ready to assume new responsibilities and leadership roles in your organization and in your community.

You will also: 

  • Develop personal/professional growth due to exposure to community issues and leaders.
  • Participate in an informative, eye-opening, thought-provoking program.
  • Visit “restricted” or difficult to access programs and facilities in our county.
  • Open a window for volunteer opportunities.
  • Become a member of an exclusive community of over 560 Leadership Dutchess graduates.

Read about this and other programs in The Bottom Line newsletter (monthly on Page 14)!

Past Day Of Service Projects

Each Leadership Dutchess class completes a Day of Service to a local organization in need. All community-based service organizations and local nonprofits that would benefit are encouraged to apply. 

In 2014, the 25th anniversary class decided to take on two Day Of Service projects and lend a hand to Mid-Hudson Animal Aid and Grace Smith House.


In 2013, Rainbow's End Child Development Center in Salt Point received a facelift.