Leadership Seacoast Announces Class of 2011

Class of 2011PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Jan 6, 2011

Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization that positively impacts Seacoast communities through the development of capable leaders, recently kicked off its 2011 program year with a day-long retreat at the Browne Center for Innovative Learning in Durham, New Hampshire. Since 1997, the Browne Center has hosted the program’s season opener at its corporate training center.

The Leadership Seacoast admissions committee accepted 35 qualified individuals from throughout the region who completed the highly competitive application process—from Naval engineers, to small business, banking, and healthcare—the 2011 class has representation from all industries—both for-profit companies such as Bottomline Technologies, Timberland, and Measured Progress; banks like People’s United Bank, Hampshire First, The Provident Bank and Piscataqua Savings; and non-profits organizations like the Music Hall, York Hospital, Exeter Health Resources, Dover Adult Learning Center, and NH Business for Social Responsibility.

The six-month program consists of nine day-long presentations and discussions about regional community issues, specifically designed to challenge personal assumption and expose its students to diverse ideas and leadership practices. The curriculum explores issues affecting the cultural, social, political, and economic lives of area residents through a variety of workshops, nonpartisan presentations, field trips and other hands-on experiences.

“We received a record number of applications this year, “said Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director of Leadership Seacoast. “The admissions committee did an amazing job culling through the candidates to build a group of diverse interests, ages, and backgrounds—we are so excited to welcome the class to our program.”

Leadership Seacoast was founded in 1988 by a group of seacoast community leaders concerned with encouraging volunteer involvement and strong regional leadership. The program has more than 600 alumni and is one of over 3000 such programs countrywide.

Thanks to the contributions of generous community members and organizations, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide meaningful experiences for every student, offer scholarships for program participants, create additional programming and opportunities for alumni and secure the best possible speakers and venues. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, visit: https://www.leadershipseacoast.org.