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Leadership Cortland 

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

Martha Hubbard, founding Director of Leadership Cortland,  worked at Tompkins Cortland Community College from 1996 to January 2019.  She served in various titles, and retired as Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships in January 19. She has over 30 years’ experience working with employers to develop customized training programs and solutions for their needs.    She holds both Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Education.  Martha has over 30 years’ experience in continuing education, having served as Coordinator of Lifelong Learning at SUNY Cortland before coming to Tompkins Cortland in 1996.


Martha served as President of the Cortland Chamber of Commerce for 3 years, during which time she worked with then Chamber Executive Director, Tom Gallagher, who was instrumental in starting the Leadership Cortland program with her.   Martha has also served as a board member and President of United Way for Cortland County, and as a board member and currently as Secretary of the Guthrie Cortland Memorial Foundation.  She also served as board member and President of the Continuing Education Association of New York, and was honored to receive the Outstanding Experienced Continuing Education award from that organization.  

In addition to bringing her own experience serving on boards, she also brought her knowledge from serving as a facilitator for strategic planning sessions and board retreats  for not for profits and other groups in the region.  Her many connections gained through her role working with community employers and organizations has continued to enrich the program. 

Martha’s passion and belief in the true power of grassroots leadership has focused the Cortland program on developing individuals for community leadership.  Her experience and work consulting on leadership with employers in all sectors led the development of a program that combined community leadership skills, and needed skills of sponsoring employers.