"To sum up my Leadership Adirondack Experience, all I can say is “Seriously – WOW”!  I embraced every session and was pumped with energy and excitement after every track! As a leadership Alumni, I now walk with many leaders in our great community and join efforts to achieve a mutual vision.. an economic engine to support our families in a secure environment and will seek out ways to apply my skills and unrelenting drive and dedication. I am forever thankful!"  Angela Petrone, Hudson Headwaters Health Network



    “Leadership Adirondack turned out to be much more than an opportunity to learn about our region’s economy. It gave me an opportunity to meet many people who make that economy work, it helped forge great new relationships with my classmates, and connected me with two great social service organizations. Leadership Adirondack has had an important positive impact on my personal life and career.”  Bates Childress, Glens Falls Hospital



    “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 one day a week 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.


    Leadership Adirondack is a program of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. A 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 six program Alumni. 

    Advisory Committee Members

    Name Company Alumni Year
    Russell Antonacci Glens Falls National Bank & Trust 2016
    Emily Coutts Glens Falls Hospital 2016
    Kerri Lewis TD Bank 2013
    Jeff Meyer Meyer & Fuller PLLC 2007
    Michael Murray Adirondack Trust Company 2009
    Angela Petrone Hudson Headwater Health Network 2014

    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. More information coming soon...

    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:
     $1,200 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.



    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 27 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.