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The Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is an innovative approach to the traditional leadership model. Taught by accomplished CEOs and professionals, the program integrates skill-building with valuable networking opportunities to propel your career to the next level.

Download the Class of 2018 brochure & application.

Who Should Apply?

  • Ideal candidates are professional individuals who are poised and eager to make the transition to a higher level within their organization and to assume increased responsibility.

What are the topics?

  • Leadership & Strategic Thinking; Communication; Balancing the Professional Career & Personal Life; Financial Management; Human Resources & Organizational Development; Board Development & Service.

What is the application process?

  • The Leadership Institute is accepting applications for the Class of 2018. Please fill out the application completely and return to the Chamber by May 17, 2017 at 5p.m. Enrollment is limited and approximately 26 applicants will be chosen by the selection committee to participate in the program.

What is the commitment & cost?

  • The Leadership Institute is a significant commitment by the participates and their employers. Each participant is required to attend an overnight retreat in September and all subsequent monthly sessions through March. Program tuition is $2,300 for Members and $2,800 for future members. Scholarships are available based on need.

Hear what the community is saying about The Leadership Institute:

“At KeyBank, we believe the promise for the future lies in the ability to continually cultivate leaders with vision, integrity and a passion for the communities they serve. The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce shares this belief, and we are happy and proud to support The Leadership Institute, a program that for many years has helped participants become better leaders by teaching them that leadership is about proactively making a difference in the lives of others.” -- Ruth Mahoney, Capital Region Market President, KeyBank, N.A.

“This opportunity was perfect timing for me. I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that I’m already putting to work. I’ve built meaningful relationships with my Leadership colleagues and made new friends. A sincere thank you to the phenomenal faculty, the businesses and schools that provide the space and the Chamber for their scholarship opportunities.” -- Daquetta Jones, Executive Director, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. & Class of 2017 Graduate


The Class of 2017

Kelly Bariteau, Healthcare Association of New York State
Rachael Capo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Davia Collington, Rensselaer County Mental Health and Troy Drug Free Community Coalition
Christopher D'Ambro, CAP COM Federal Credit Union
Christopher Despart, Action Window Cleaning Co., Inc.
Deborah Fasser, Corning Place Communications
Suzanne Gardner-Clarkson, Susan Odell Taylor School for Children
Matthew Gaspary, Mosaic Associates Architects
Kayla Germain, Smith & Jones
Daquetta Jones, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Ashlee LaPier, The Phoenix Companies, Inc.
Felix Lomonaco, architecture+
Michael Maloney, Unity House of Troy, Inc.
Allison McCarthy, CSArch Architecture | Engineering | Construction Management
Jennifer Mele, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries
Theresa Newton, Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program (TRIP)
Staci O'Neill, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Carl Oropallo, Capital District YMCA - Troy Branch
Gregory Powell, New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)
Guy Prisciandaro, NBT Bank
Julie Rifenburg, Rifenburg Construction, Inc.
Stephen Rychcik, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Inc.
Alicia Salamone-Powers, Capital District Child Care Council
Wesley Slyke, NBT Bank
James Thomas, Turner Construction Company
Sean Wade, Pioneer Bank

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