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Leadership Westchester


The application period for the 2020-2021 Class of Leadership Westchester is now closed and will reopen in May 2021 for the following year's class. For updates on the status of your application please check your email or click here to contact us.
Leadership Westchester is a rigorous, nine-month curriculum that is designed to sharpen your leadership skills and teach you how to leverage your strengths so you can make a lasting and powerful impact on Westchester and the world. This signature professional development program from Volunteer New York! is limited to 20 individuals per class, per year.
The selection process that follows the successful receipt of your application includes a 1-on-1 interview with an alumni of the program. With almost 500 local leaders to have gone through Leadership Westchester since 1996, the local Leadership Westchester Alumni Association is a growing and rich network of changemakers.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Leadership Westchester is designed to be an in-person program because building personal relationships with other participants is as important as developing individual leadership skills. If state and CDC safety considerations require us to shift to a virtual process for a period of time we are prepared to do so, returning to our in-person format when appropriate.
A look back at the first 20 years of Leadership Westchester:



The mission of Leadership Westchester is to create leaders with deep self-awareness, abiding commitment, outstanding interpersonal skills and an exceptional ability to influence others positively:
+ It exposes you to leadership concepts taught at the top business schools.

+ It gives you a thorough understanding of non-profit board responsibilities and key management tools to help you become a valuable resource for nonprofits.

+ It helps you prioritize what issues truly matter to you and your community and how you can make an important impact on others.

+ It brings you into a network of top leaders in the nonprofit and for-profit worlds.


Dynamic Community

Leadership Westchester is a dynamic community of caring people who are:
  1. Learning and demonstrating the practice of leadership and contribution.
  2. Choosing to serve each participant's personal growth and development.
  3. Creating communities that reflect their members' highest ideals and aspirations.



Class of 2021 Tuition

The tuition fee for Leadership Westchester is $2,750, although participants sponsored by nonprofit organizations or small businesses (and those unaffiliated with any company) are eligible for a reduced tuition of $2,000. The tuition fees include all materials and meals for each session.
A limited number of scholarship funds may be available based on financial need. A $250 application fee is due with your application and will be refunded by November 17, 2020, if you are not accepted into the program. If you are accepted into the program, the balance of the tuition fees must be paid no later than November 17, 2020. 


Important Dates for the Class of 2021

Half days listed below are from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Full days/Retreats listed below are from 8:30am - 5:00pm

Friday, July 31, 2020 - Application Deadline for Class of 2021
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Full Day & Opening Retreat
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 -  Half Day
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - Half Day
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - Half Day
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - Half Day
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - Full Day
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - Half Day
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - Half Day
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - Half Day
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - Application Period for Class of 2022 Opens
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Full Day & Closing Retreat
Week of June 21, 2021 - Graduation (Location & Date TBD)
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - Application Period for Class of 2022 Closes
Learn more about what Leadership Westchester is from these 3 top leaders who have all gone through it:





Leadership Westchester is supported generously by M&T Bank, SL Green Realty Corp., and Westchester Library System