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 6-10 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 2020-2021 Program

*Wednesday, October 7 & Thursday, October 8
Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. Opening Retreat

Thursday, October 29
Bus Tour (2:00-6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 11
Our Community: Past, Present & Future

Wednesday, December 2
Government, Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Thursday, January 7
Human Relations pre-day (5:00-8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 13
Human Relations

Wednesday, February 10
Health Care


Wednesday, March 3
Arts in Community

Wednesday, April 7

Wednesday, May 12
Social Services

*Wednesday, June 2
Closing Session 2018

*Thursday, June 3
Celebration 2021

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