Leadership is an educational program of the Cities of San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, and Hillsborough, and the San Mateo, Foster City, and Burlingame Chambers of Commerce.
The Leadership Program identifies, nurtures, and connects existing and potential community leaders, increasing their knowledge of the community and community issues while enhancing their individual effectiveness through development of leadership skills.
If you are interested in learning about how the public, private, and nonprofit organizations in your city and county operate, and you want to meet leaders who work to meet the various needs of people in our county, this program is for you. If you’re considering becoming more engaged in any aspect of our community, the Leadership Program will expose you to current issues and needs where you can add value. Or if you are new to a current leadership role and want to increase your leadership skills and connect with other local leaders, you’ll find this program invaluable.
The first class graduated in June 1991. After 26 classes, graduates number over 700. Leadership Program graduates have made impressive contributions in their personal and professional lives, and many have committed to public service.
Each class has 30 – 35 participants that come from the private, nonprofit, community, and public sectors.
Leadership kicks off with a two-day leadership development and community orientation on the second Friday and Saturday of September, 2018. Attendance at this opening retreat is required of all program participants.
After the orientation, Leadership is held on one Friday each month, usually the second Friday of the month from October through June. The dates for the class of 2019 are:
Leadership is unlike any other training or educational experience. Each program day focuses on a different topic and is comprised of presentations, field trips, and interactive activities. Program days feature: Education; Police Services & the Judicial System; Fire & Emergency Preparedness; Arts & Media; Health and Healthy Communities; Government; Business and Economic Development; Human Services; Planning, Housing & Transportation; and the Environment.
Local leaders in these fields facilitate each session. The class will make site visits to a number of important community facilities and have the opportunity to interact with leaders in each of these areas.
To successfully complete the Leadership Program, a participant is expected to attend all sessions and participate in the skill development groups. Our attendance policy allows for two absences. Please note, three occurrences of late arrival or early departure will be considered as two absences.
Each program day is led by current leaders in our community who facilitate panel discussions and invite speakers to inform you about current community issues. There are numerous opportunities to connect to your fellow classmates in problem solving activities and by working in “Leadership Learning” groups, a source for peer mentoring.
The most recent graduating class hosts the Welcome Reception for the incoming class and alumni in September every year. This is a great way to connect incoming class participants and alumni. We invite all graduates to convene for both informal, social gatherings, and more formal discussion topics of interest. We hope that alumni will agree to serve on our many committees and give back to the program with their time and financial support.
Applications for the class of 2019 are being accepted now and must be submitted by May 11, 2018, for consideration for next year’s class.