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Leadership Cortland 

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

Leadership Cortland is designed to identify, educate and motivate a select group of Cortland County area citizens for positions of community leadership.


Participants are selected on the basis of:

  • Ability

  • Leadership potential

  • Interest in the community

  • Willingness to commit the time and energy to complete the program

  • Full support of the corporation or organization represented

Participants will:

Meet the key leaders in our communities and develop an extensive network of contacts they can use in their work.

Learn leadership and interpersonal skills that will improve their performance.

Hear from panelists who speak about Cortland County, its strengths, its weaknesses, its problems and its potential, whether the monthly session is on education, the criminal justice system, human services, economic development or other critical community building blocks.

Have an opportunity to tour places such as manufacturing facilities, the JM Murray Center, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, Tompkins Cortland Community College, a working farm, and more.

Work on a group project with fellow Leadership Cortland classmates, learning in a real world setting how groups function, how to build shared vision, and how to get things done!

Employer Commitment

Your commitment as an employer is to sponsor the individual, commit to their development, and allow them release time for the program and release time to work on their community action project.

You can find the application here:

Our deadline is September 1, but applications are encouraged by August 19.

If you have any questions, please email Martha Hubbard at

Comments from Past Participants:

“I gained a better understanding of myself and how to interact with people. I also learned that most of our

community is held together by leaders who volunteer their time to support programs and make a difference

for others.”

“I very much enjoyed the way the sessions with members of the community were set up.

There were presentations, but also ample opportunities to ask questions and explore. It was great.”

“I learned how a good leader will lead by example. They encourage others to do great things.

Leadership is different than managing!”

“I have learned that patience is key, and talking less is very beneficial--everyone has something

unique to bring to the table.”

“I learned that one person cannot do as much as many can working together.”