A program aimed at helping Ontario County residents become better leaders will be postponed until 2021 due to challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leadership Ontario (LeadOn) has identified the fall of 2021 as its rescheduled launch date, and applications for the 13-day program are available online now.
LeadOn is a collaborative effort among leaders in business, government, nonprofit and education designed to build and attract community leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to active involvement in their community. The program comprises 13 days of programs over a 10-month period and will offer participants the opportunity to explore and help address critical issues facing the people and institutions of Ontario County.
Applicants must live or work in Ontario County and should be committed to open-mindedness, problem-solving and helping craft durable solutions to long-term challenges.
“I’m excited to see a program focusing on developing and embracing leaders in Ontario County,” said Kari Buch, executive director of the United Way of Ontario County and graduate of a similar program in Genesee County. “(Leadership Genesee) helped me explore my inner leadership skills, foster new skills and expand my understanding of government, business and social issues.”
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has committed funding to LeadOn for its first three years, allowing the program to grow capacity and a network of alums to support its future.
The program curriculum includes a two-day kick-off retreat and monthly full-day programs at various points of interest throughout the county. Topics include tourism; arts and culture; diversity, equity and inclusion; Ontario County Community Health Report; an introduction to county government; and more. The program will conclude with a formal commencement ceremony.
LeadOn is a tuition-based program and participant costs are offset to a degree by the charitable support of sponsors such as Ontario County, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. and Constellation Brands. Visit LeadershipOntario.org to apply.
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