Leadership provides individuals from business, civic and nonprofit sectors with a framework for engagement in the communities of San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame and Hillsborough. Participants develop a knowledge base and establish relationships with community leaders representing numerous sectors and issues – from health and housing to education and economic development. Local public, private and nonprofit leaders create connections between communities and constituents through a rich, cross-sector curriculum. For more than 25 years, the program has developed, engaged, empowered and connected leaders for positive community impact. The Leadership alumni network includes state and local government officials, nonprofit leaders and business executives.
Subject based information about a particular topic in the community (see below). Consists of field trips, speakers, panels, table talks, interactive discussions and role-playing.
StrengthsFinders self-assessment workshop, development of Class Leadership Attributes through various consensus building techniques, book groups, Leadership journals for reflection, and speakers.
Opportunities to meet experts and leaders in each topic area, class interactions through peer learning groups and book groups.
Business and Economic Development Day
What’s the latest in terms of key businesses in the area and their plans? How are they fitting in with/affecting our cities’ bottom lines, and what are our cities’ strategies in today’s changing business world? What are the challenges that could threaten the viability of our businesses, job retention, and job creation, and how can Leadership class members help? Hear from the leaders of our key business segments and get insider tours, information, and contacts.
What is needed to provide a 21st century education with the 21st century challenges of San Mateo County? Housing, immigration, teacher shortages, equity? Join us for a comprehensive look at public education in San Mateo County. Education Day will take place at a large public high school including tours, panels with teachers and students, a Superintendents’ panel, a presentation from the County Schools Superintendent, and an exploration of the community college system. Questions that will be addressed include: How are schools dealing with meeting the needs of varied learners? How are schools dealing with the teacher shortage? How do schools meet students’ needs in the areas of technology, STEM and collaboration to enable them to compete in the World Marketplace?
From where our water comes from to where our waste goes, on Environment Day class members learn about the environmental issues facing our community and what organizations, local governments, and individuals are doing in response.
Fire and Emergency Services
Participants will learn how their local fire departments work collaboratively to deliver the most efficient emergency response services to the community. They will be provided an opportunity to view our fire apparatus and some of the unique specialty tools. They will receive an overview of safety and preparedness training. We will explain how we educate the community about fire and life safety skills for everyday life. We will also discuss future challenges and opportunities related to emergency response services.
Have you ever wondered how county and city governments collaborate to solve regional issues? Have you ever wished you could ask in-depth questions of your state and local elected officials? Government Day provides class participants this unique opportunity, as well as a chance to walk in their shoes in balancing conflicting constituent interests. You’ll come away with a new lens on what our local leaders do to make our communities work for everyone.
Health and Healthy Communities Day
The local health sector attracts dynamic leaders who are highly regarded by peers across the state and country for their innovation, collaborative approach, and forward-thinking orientation to our community’s health challenges. You will hear from high-level executives who inspire their teams and partners across the community to excel in creating healthy, equitable communities and continually improving the delivery of healthcare for all of us who consume such services at some point in our lives. A class participant had this to say after hearing from a local hospital CEO who addressed the program participants “…thank you for her. She is a leader and she demonstrated why and how!”
Human Services Day
Human Services Day provides a broader understanding of the human services that are offered and required to support all of the citizens in our community. It also ensures the Class has a better appreciation of the challenges facing our communities and the complex network of public and nonprofit organizations addressing these challenges. The day includes visiting different social services agencies, with an overview provided by the leadership of each organization. The day closes with a diverse panel of human services leaders, sharing their experiences and knowledge in addressing the needs of our community.
Leadership Skill Development
“Becoming the leader you aspire to be” provides the framework for the second goal of the Leadership Program–to identify and nurture potential and existing leaders. Whether you are in the business, government, non-profit, or volunteer sectors, there are a variety of opportunities throughout the Leadership Program to learn and practice leadership strategies and skills. You will enhance your own skills through Leadership Book Groups and peer coaching and mentoring. By meeting with a variety of community leaders from throughout the region and learning their stories and how they make a difference in their communities, you’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on a variety of leadership styles.
Media and Communications Day
Media and Communications Day includes opportunities for tangible and theoretical leadership skills development. Participants learn about challenges and opportunities from local journalists in the county. The Class also builds on their communication skills including navigation of difficult conversations, public speaking, and presentation skills.
Planning, Housing and Transportation
The Planning, Housing, and Transportation Day will provide the Leadership Class with an overview of how local planning efforts strive to balance housing, livability, and transportation needs in order to allow communities to grow in a thoughtful manner. The Class usually hears from local planning experts, takes a tour of local projects, and has an opportunity to simulate the challenges facing local planning commissions.
Police Services and Criminal Justice Day
Always popular – this action-filled day provides participants with a better understanding of San Mateo County Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice system. Panel participants include the spectrum of enforcement through prosecution, incarceration, and rehabilitation. Learn first-hand from our Criminal Justice leaders about the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing 21st century policing and criminal justice. Interact with our police leaders as they describe navigating turbulent times and critical incidents, providing leadership to their troops and their communities. Engage in a hands-on experience as you walk in the shoes of a law enforcement officer, make critical decisions in split second incidents, and learn the importance of training, development and risk management strategies that leaders must provide to their organizations.
The Leadership Selection Committee seeks to accept a diverse class, representative of our community. The ideal application is thorough, demonstrates a strong interest in the program and a rationale for completing the program. You may be asked for more information or to interview with an alumnus.
Tuition for the Leadership San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough program is $1,650 plus a non-refundable application fee of $100. When accepted into the Leadership program (please see Selection Criteria and Attendance Policy section), the full tuition amount is due by the application deadline, unless prior arrangements have been made.
Each participant, as an indication of personal commitment, is encouraged to pay a minimum of $100 of the program costs. Other tuition funding sources, such as employer or sponsoring organization, may be utilized to provide the balance.
Scholarships are also available. Please inquire when completing the Leadership application. Contact us for additional information.