2019-2020 LEAP Program Schedule

Each annual class runs from September until a commencement ceremony in May. 

Reach Beyond Reception: September 12th, 2019

The year kicks off with a welcome reception where participants will meet participants, LPV staff, sponsors and the board of directors to get an overview of the program’s goals and plans.

Opening Overnight retreat: September 16-17, 2019* subject to change

A mandatory two-day overnight retreat follows, where participants:

  • Align personal and professional goals with the objectives of LPV
  • Become acquainted with one another and with program staff
  • Establish group norms that build trust, encourage collaborative, participatory leadership
  • Understand leadership styles and use that understanding to improve interpersonal and professional effectiveness

Challenge Days and Field Experiences (October 2019 - May 2020)

Participants will attend monthly sessions held in locations across the Valley.  Each session is held 8:30 am- 5:15 pm.   Expect 2-10 hours per month outside of program time for team projects.

  • Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Friday, December 6, 2019 (optional, morning half-day)
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Friday, January 10, 2020 (optional, morning half-day)
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 *
  • Friday, February 14, 2020 *
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 *
  • Friday, April 24, 2020

 * Snow Days: Jan. 31, Feb. 21, and Mar. 27 *

Team Project Meetings

Roughly 10 hours additional per month, scheduled by teams, schedules vary depending on team and projects. Most meetings occur early in the morning or evening. Teams will also have time during sessions to meet. 

Reception & Commencement Ceremony: May 20th, 2020

All individuals who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of completion of Leadership Pioneer Valley.

Challenge Days

Challenge Days (4 days) are taught in a seminar-style atmosphere. We focus on leadership skills and regional issues. They feature a combination of lecture-style, speakers, small-group activities, and dynamic learning exercises.

Field Experiences

Field Experiences (4 days) give participants a 360-view of the Pioneer Valley through introduction to organizations, elected officials, local businesses, and civic leaders in each focus community. These days are spent seeing areas first-hand and getting an in-depth understanding of their assets and challenges. Networking opportunities with local leaders will be created and encouraged.

Leadership Learning Labs

Participants form project teams around specific regional challenges.  Time will be allotted during each monthly session for teams to meet.  Most teams will also meet once or twice between monthly meetings for an hour or more.  Expect 2-10 hours per month outside of program time.


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