angela-carterBy Angela Carter, Senior Vice President, Calypso Communications

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Leadership Seacoast has spent the last 25 years impacting Seacoast area communities by strengthening ties within the community, increasing civic engagement, and developing effective, knowledgeable, and engaged leaders. The nonprofit organization is coming up on its annual open enrollment where candidates can apply for acceptance to the program slated to begin January 6, 2016.

Leadership Seacoast curriculum provides existing and future community leaders the opportunity to engage with the people and organizations that shape the Seacoast’s economic structure and social fabric through its acclaimed 6-month program to help candidates discover how their communities function and how they can become a positive catalyst for change.

Founded in 1988 by a group of seacoast community leaders concerned over the dwindling number of volunteers and civic engagement, Leadership Seacoast was one of the first leadership programs in New Hampshire, modeled after a similar successful program that begun in Atlanta that provides unique insight into how business, community, and politics integrate to create successful societies and how small actions can have a significant impact on the greater global good.

Leadership Seacoast representatives pride themselves in bringing dynamic, pot-stirring programming spread across nine interactive; topics and themes center around justice, education, economic development, government, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture.

Class members are continually mesmerized by the direct correlation between education and the criminal justice system; arts and culture impacts on economic development; how government effects health and human services, and even the environment. In six short months, Leadership Seacoast informs, educates, and exposes information in a totally non-partisan, interactive environment.

As important as curriculum is the class dynamic. Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future. The organization strives to recruit a diverse group of existing and aspiring community leaders from all sectors of the region; the greater the variety of knowledge, skills, professions, ages, interests and geographical perspectives, the richer the experience for all participants.

Whether you are a seasoned professional looking to deepen your understanding of the region, a young professional looking to build your network and explore the issues and resources available on the Seacoast, or a mid-career professional hoping to re-energize your work and your involvement in your community, you should consider applying to Leadership Seacoast. But hurry, deadline is November 1, 2015.