Leadership Adirondack  2016-17 News

    The Leadership Adirondack Class of 2016-17 has chosen Family Service Association of Glens Falls as their recipient for donations through various fundraising events coming up in January/February. Family Service is dedicated to helping families in crisis; when they are beyond their emotional and financial resources. They have served over 9,000 people in 2016, throughout the Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga counties. 


    Click on any of the links below to connect and learn how you can help make a difference in your community:


    Raffle Ticket Sales - now through 2/8/17. Great prizes including your chance to win a stay at The Sagamore Hotel.



    Bolton Community Parking Fee for Sagamore Ice Bar - Weekends 1/20 - 1/22 and 1/27 - 1/29. All proceeds go to Family Service Association.


    Family 1st Celebration at Davidson Bros. - Thursday, February 9th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Join in on the signature event for Family Service Association with great food, door prizes and announcing of the raffle winner.



    “Leadership Adirondack not only showed me our community, it welcomed me into the community. I am extraordinarily grateful for that opportunity.”

    Rachael Hunsinger Patten, SUNY Adirondack

    'I’ve gained a clearer view of how I can assist customers in achieving their goals in my role as a banker and through philanthropy.” 

    Kerri Healy, TD Bank




    Leadership Adirondack is a dynamic, interactive program that provides skill development and community immersion experiences that enables participants to grow personally and professionally as they explore issues and opportunities in Warren & Washington County.

    Through a series of thought-provoking sessions, Leadership Adirondack develops the leadership potential of participants and builds a solid foundation of informed, action-orientated, productive employees and citizens.

    The program begins in September with a Get Acquainted Reception where the current class has a chance to meet each other, and past alumni come to encourage them on this five month, life changing, journey. The following week, participants are bused to a two-day overnight retreat where they are provided dynamic leadership training, personal development, and team-building skills.


    Beginning in early October and ending in January, nine sessions are held on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a graduation ceremony in February. Sessions are themed around various elements of our community/region which serve as a catalyst for expanding awareness in areas such as: Agriculture, Arts & History, Tourism & Hospitality, Corporate Citizen/Board of Director Training, Education & Work Force Development, Healthcare, Manufacturing & Economic Development, Communications & Media, and Government & Legal.

    Components of the sessions include tours, keynote speakers, Q&A discussions, and interactive learning opportunities. Each session offers a unique opportunity for participants to gain an inside look at some of the area’s most innovative organizations, connect with influential business owners/operators, government and civic leaders, and enhance their professional networks.

    Leadership Adirondack unites individuals from diverse fields and backgrounds to learn more about themselves as leaders and how to best serve their organizations and community where they live, work and play. Leadership Adirondack, in it's 27th year, is proud of the legacy it continues to build with each graduating class.  To learn more about this prestigious program contact Jane Badger at 518.798.1761 or e-mail. View and print an informational brochure, here.


    The 2016-17 Leadership Adirondack Program is Sponsored By:


    Leadership Adirondack is a program of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. An eight person volunteer Advisory Council contributes each year to the direction of the program. In addition, each application is reviewed and approved by the council before the candidate is selected to participate. The council is made up of the Chamber President/CEO and seven program Alumni. 

    Advisory Committee Members

    Name Company Alumni Year
    Fred Baxstrome Irving Tissue 2013
    Kim Filion JMZ Architects 1993
    Thomas Guay The Sagamore Resort 2006
    Rachael Hunsinger Patten SUNY Adirondack 2013
    Robert Hafner Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner 1994
    Michael Murray Adirondack Trust Company 2009


    Eligibility:  Individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their respective careers and have a strong desire to be a part of the community/region are encouraged to apply. Individuals must be willing to devote the time necessary to be a full participant in the Leadership Adirondack class experience. Dedication to the community in the form of significant volunteer service is essential. 

    How to Apply:
     Applications for the program are accepted, every year, between March and August.  For a current application click here.  Return your application to the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, Attention Jane Badger, and include a $250.00 deposit, of which $200.00 will be refunded if your application is denied. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants.


    Commitment: True leaders are serious about their commitments. Your commitment as an applicant to fully participate in the program is essential. Participation at the two-day overnight retreat is mandatory. In addition, to graduate, participants are not permitted to be absent from more than two of the nine sessions. Participation and completion of an agreed upon class project, attendance at a day of caring volunteer effort, and observation of a non-profit board meeting of your choice, is also required. By being a member of the Leadership Adirondack class you and/or your employer are making an investment in you, in your business and in the future of our region. This experience, therefore, requires a commitment by you as a participant as well as from your employer.

    Program Tuition:
     $1,100 for members of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. Tuition covers program costs for the Get Acquainted Reception, Retreat, all nine sessions, meals, resource materials and the graduation ceremony. A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on need. Requests for financial assistance will not affect consideration for acceptance. 



    Participant Benefits

    • Increased understanding of the critical issues and opportunities affecting the community/region.


    • Gain new and lasting friendships from a network of participants who come from different backgrounds and diverse interests.


    • Gain access to top leadership in the region.


    • Achieve the inspiration to address community challenges and produce change.


    • Strengthen leadership skills and management techniques through personal development training.


    Employer Benefits

    • A more informed employee with enhanced business opportunities via broadened community/region exposure and networking.


    • Awareness and appreciation of diversity in the workplace.


    • A new camaraderie with community leaders with access to decision making circles.  


    Community Benefits

    • Informed and enlightened citizens.


    • A talent pool of trained leaders who can be called upon for collaborative decision making.


    • Citizens who are motivated to serve and make a difference.  



    Strong communities are built and sustained by effective local leaders, and our community/region is a testimony to this. The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the development of leaders who will serve their communities now and in the future. Many of our program graduates have been appointed to the most senior positions in their organizations and to numerous commissions and boards. Over the span of the past 24 years, the program has graduated more than 350 community leaders. Their voices are among the most influential in our region.  

    The Alumni Association continues to work together to fund scholarships to the program and performs a variety of community service projects throughout the year. For a list of program alumni click here.


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