An effective gauge of a community’s health and well being is the volunteer and civic contributions made by its leaders…those people who serve on boards and commissions, work with community groups, and serve as elected officials. These citizen leaders must be nurtured and provided with tools that enable them to be successful and inspires their commitment to community. The Mohawk Valley’s future depends on a sustainable and renewable source for leadership. This is the role and responsibility of Leadership Mohawk Valley.

So what exactly is Leadership Mohawk Valley? For one day a month, participants meet to learn in-depth and hands-on about vital aspects of the regional community. We are a resource from which civic, cultural, philanthropic and other organizations draw their leaders, and from which progressive businesses can identify managers able to utilize regional infrastructures. We are an incubator for community issues awareness, leadership skills and networking.

The program analyzes major areas of community concern, provides opportunities for open dialogue between leaders with diverse perspectives, examines leadership styles, and promotes a network of community trustees committed to the greater good. All programs are planned and delivered by teams of LMV graduates who each bring their expertise to the issues being explored.

A class of up to 40 participants is selected annually. It is composed of an accomplished group of men and women who reflect the diversity of the Mohawk Valley region. LMV is a highly structured 10-month program that follows the schedule of a typical college year. The year begins in August with a one and a half day Orientation/opening retreat. From September through May, participants attend monthly, daylong focused programs designed to give them exposure and perspective in a variety of areas. All sessions are designed to be highly interactive, educational and thought provoking. Participants share their unique experiences and learn from one another. The participants are also teamed with fellow members in smaller project groups to gain practical experience in working together, while delivering valuable project results in the region.

Tuition is $2,400 and a limited number of partial scholarships (if available) may be granted to those who qualify for assistance.

Note: An early bird discount of $100 will be applied to all applications received by March 31, 2018.

The deadline for application submission is Friday, June 08, 2018. For more information, please contact us at


The purpose of the Leadership Mohawk Valley Program is to identify leaders for our communities, broaden their perspectives, and confront the issues at large. Leadership Mohawk Valley “Develops Leaders Dedicated to our Community’s Growth and Excellence”. Desirable characteristics of leadership candidates include:

  • LEADERSHIP ABILITY: This may be demonstrated by the position which an individual holds within a business, community or civic organization.
  • COMMITMENT TO PROGRAM: The candidate and employer must be willing to make the time commitment to attend all program days for the duration of the program. Orientation weekend is mandatory.
  • STABILITY IN COMMUNITY: It is important that the candidate has a high likelihood of remaining in the community for at least several years.
  • EXEMPLARY CHARACTER: Candidates should have a positive attitude towards the community and project the type of character desirable in leaders.

A screening committee will review each application and determine the ability of each candidate to meet the criteria outlined. In addition to these characteristics, an attempt will be made to choose candidates from varied backgrounds in terms of geography, industry, and community not-for-profit organizations. While a “quota” system will not be employed, it is believed that a balance in backgrounds will produce a broader representation and improve the program dynamics.


All completed applications must be submitted by the June 8th, 2018 deadline and either mailed, faxed, or emailed  (preferred submission method) to:

Leadership Mohawk Valley
1101 Sherman Drive #AB154E
Utica, NY 13501

Phone: (315) 792-7551
Fax: (315) 792-5682


Candidates will be advised of receipt of application, and contacted for an individual interview. Class members will be announced in mid-July, 2018. 

Payment in full must be received within 30 days after notification, but no later than August 1, 2018, the beginning of the program year.

In order for this program to be successful it is critical that the candidate attend all programs. In addition, each candidate must participate in group projects to be presented at the end of the program year. If you, as the employer, and the selected candidate are unable to make this commitment, we ask that you do not apply at this time.