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Leadership Monadnock Program   

Developing Leaders, Shaping the Future

Leadership Monadnock is the cornerstone of a regional strategy to develop and enhance the communities of the Monadnock region. As emerging leaders, participants will engage with others in the community to encourage diversity and vitality and learn about the challenges and opportunities of the Monadnock region and to our state. The ideas, strategies, and contributions of Leadership Monadnock associates shape the future of our region and enhance the quality of life in our unique part of New Hampshire.


Leadership Monadnock promotes the development of emerging community leaders by:

  • Exploring regional issues
  • Fostering involvement
  • Encouraging action and commitment
  • Challenging each participant's overall perspective

Program Overview

Leadership Monadnock is an intensive nine-month program beginning in October and ending in June. Full-day meetings take place once a month with each session designed to immerse participants in the truly critical aspects that drive the dynamic nature of the regional economy and quality of life. Each session is structured to present all aspects of an issue through a combination of presentation by industry experts, group discussions, workshops, field trips, and other experiences. Participants will have access to community leaders who are experts in their respective fields. 

Applying for the Program

Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Monadnock 2017-2018. Classes include current and potential leaders representing business, government, education, civic groups, social services, the arts, the religious community and other organizations in the region. The application process is competitive, and applicants not selected are strongly encouraged to re-apply for a future class.

How to Apply

To receive an application, call Leadership Monadnock at the Chamber (603) 352-1303, download an application or email [email protected]. Application deadline is September 22, 2017. Financial aid may be available for a limited number of individuals.

Completed application should be mailed to: Leadership Monadnock C/O GKCC, 48 Central Square, Keene NH 03431

Selection Process

All applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Notification of selection status will be communicated as soon as the class is selected. Selected participants must be willing to demonstrate a strong, personal commitment to invest the time and energy to attend all of the sessions and to engage actively in the program.


Leadership Monadnock tuition is $850. This covers the costs of materials and meals. Regional employers are encouraged to support participants by providing tuition assistance. The total fee will be billed and is due upon acceptance into the program. Payment plans can be arranged.


Leadership Monadnock dates and curriculum-meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8 am to 4:00 pm. 

  • Retreat and Orientation (October 17, 2017 - this session will run from 9 am - 2:30 pm)
  • Region History, Natural Environment & Conservation
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety
  • Politics & Government
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Health & Wellness
  • Culture & Communication
  • Human Services & Graduation
"Leadership Monadnock opened my eyes to what the community has to offer and showed me how to get involved. It was a pivotal educational experience at the start of my career for the City of Keene. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn more about our area, expand their network and get involved in our community." - Meghan Spaulding, City of Keene, LM Class of '14
"As a newcomer to the Monadnock Region, the Leadership Monadnock program was a tremendous value. I was introduced to other business and community leaders, learned about many aspects of the region, and engaged in thoughtful conversation with my classmates about important social issues. The knowledge gained and relationships forged during the program have been extremely beneficial to me both professionally and personally." - Laurel L. Boivin, LM Class of '13

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(603) 352-1303
Keene Chamber of Commerce
48 Central Square
Keene, NH 03431

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Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM


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