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Leadership Cortland 

Sponsored by the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce and Tompkins Cortland Community College

What is the time commitment for the program?

The program kicks off with a two-day retreat in October. Then, there is a full day monthly session one Thursday per month. There are also some outside requirements to fulfill the community engagement expectations – normally an additional 1-2 hours per month on top of the class.  The culmination of the program is a required group presentation of the community engagement project at the Graduation dinner. 

When and where will my group meet to discuss the community engagement project?

Members of the group decide the time, location and frequency of how often they meet.  Group responsibilities and project selection often influence the meeting schedule.  It is common for groups to meet more frequently as the participants near the Graduation dinner.

How much is tuition for the program? What does it include?

The program is $850 per participant. This includes specialized leadership assessments (Discovering Your Strengths and Understanding Others, Leading and Communicating with Your True Colors), a two-day retreat at Tinelli's Hathaway House, interactive leadership development training sessions, presentations and workshops from a variety of community leaders, training materials and meals provided. Full fee is due by the first session. There are no refunds if a participant drops the program.

My employer can’t cover my cost. What are my options?

The program has a limited number of scholarships available for participants representing either a non-profit or a local small business. Please indicate your need when you complete the online application. Your employer can also request to be invoiced quarterly instead of all up front.

Where are the sessions?  Is transportation provided? 

In early October the program will begin with a two-day retreat at Tinelli’s Hathaway House located in Cincinnatus, NY.  Other sessions will take place at local businesses in Cortland County.  A typical day will begin with a morning session, lunch onsite followed by a  15-minute break for travel time to the afternoon location.  Transportation is not provided, but carpooling is always an option.

Why is it important to come to every session? What if I can’t come to every session – what should I do?

The program is designed for full participation from each participant. It is only to your benefit if you attend all elements of the program. It is understandable to miss one day because of an unavoidable conflict, but missing more than one session negatively impacts all the class members and could result in not graduating. Please have a serious conversation with your employer and set the expectation far in advance that you will need to be out of the office on class days.

Who will I meet? What are the main benefits to joining the class?

In addition to forming a strong bond with your class members, you will be given insider access to our top community leaders. Past speakers have included CEO’s of local businesses, Mayor of Cortland, local government officials, many Non-profit Executive Directors and local dignitaries and experts. Each of the speakers generously offer themselves as resources for all Leadership Cortland participants and alumni.

How will I grow as a leader?

You will gain a deeper understanding of your leadership style, hone your technique and develop an appreciation for how others approach leadership.  Discover and embrace the Platinum Rule!