Program Director – Heidi Cusick Dickerson
Leadership Mendocino believes that strong communities need informed, progressive leaders. As a community-based program Leadership Mendocino creates opportunities to educate and inspire local people who believe in the future of Mendocino County and who are ready to make a difference.
Who We Serve
Since its founding in 1992 Leadership Mendocino has graduated more than 500 people through its program. These people represent more than 100 different businesses, organizations and agencies from the public, private and non-profit sectors who feel as strongly as we do about building leaders from within. Leadership Mendocino is open to you if you live or work in Mendocino County and are interested in expanding your vision of our county, its issues and its resources. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to build important network connections, travel to hidden corners of our county and take part in shaping our local future as well as your own.
Leadership Mendocino is fundamentally a self-sustaining program. Funding is generated through participant tuition, local business sponsorships and private donations. The annual program budget for Leadership Mendocino for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is $76,250.
The Big Picture of Leadership Mendocino
Each year up to 35 applicants are accepted into the Leadership Mendocino program. The program's monthly classes are held August through May, each with a different focus. As the classes move throughout Mendocino County, participants will experience a leadership skills workshop, team building, and access to an impressive network of existing leaders, visionaries and policy makers.
Beginning with a framework of leadership skill building at the opening retreat, we proceed to demonstrate leadership in action all around the county through field visits, panel presentations, brainstorming sessions, class discussions, problem-solving workshops, hands-on experiences, and role playing. By framing each class session around current issues and by calling on active leaders and experts in those areas, we are able to keep the program fresh and viable for today's challenges as we plan for tomorrow.
Leadership Graduates Serve Thousands
Although our class size is limited each year, our program has graduated hundreds of community members who have in turn served thousands of people by investing their energy and knowledge in board and service positions and projects throughout our county. Program graduates take the knowledge they gain during their time with Leadership Mendocino to become a positive, community-improving force.