An Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is:

  • A middle or upper level leader in business, education, government or not-for-profit organizations or a strong volunteer leader
  • A life-long learner open to new experiences and perspectives
  • Already volunteering in the community in a significant way
  • Willing and able to make a commitment to improve their community

Program requirements: Applicants should have the support of their employers to participate in the program, including necessary time away from work. To make the most of this unique experience, full participation in both the program days and Action Learning projects is crucial. Therefore, candidates for this program should be prepared to commit the time and effort to participate fully in the program, which includes:

  • Attending the overnight Opening Retreat in October (mandatory)
  • Attending seven full-day program sessions (1 full day each month from November through May) which will run from approximately 7:15am to 5:15pm (See Key Program Dates below)
  • Completing project work, individual reading and assigned pre-work between scheduled sessions (an average of 8-12 hours per month, varying in accordance with each team’s choices)
  • Participating in the final day of action learning project presentations and graduation in June (mandatory)
  • Assisting with the development of next year’s program

Key Program Dates for 2019-2020 Program

*Wednesday, October 2 & Thursday, October 3
Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. Opening Retreat

Thursday, October 24
Bus Tour

Wednesday, November 6
Our Community: Past, Present & Future

Wednesday, December 4
Government, Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Thursday, January 2
Human Relations pre-day

Wednesday, January 8
Human Relations

Wednesday, February 5
Health Care

Wednesday, February 26
Weather Make-Up Day (if needed)


Wednesday, March 4
Arts in Community

Wednesday, April 8

Wednesday, May 6
Social Services

*Wednesday, June 3
Closing Session 2018

*Thursday, June 4
Celebration 2020

Every program day begins at 7:15am and ends at 5:15pm
*denotes mandatory attendance