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Leadership Modesto


Leadership Modesto

The Leadership Modesto program has an astounding 33 year track record for inspiring, growing and uniting high quality leadership in our community. The primary objective achieved through the Leadership Modesto program is  to identify and foster new and potential Modesto leaders through a dynamic,  hands on, ten-month intensive that instills the requisite knowledge and understanding of the many facets of community life and leadership.The Leadership Modesto program provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas, grapple with current local and regional issues, and begin the important self-development of place and purpose required to assume leadership roles.
Program themes include:

an introduction to local government, community services, education (K-12 and higher), healthcare, working with the media, arts and culture, and land use policy and agriculture. The program features a weekend retreat which helps to bond the class initially – building a foundation of trust and support right from session one.Leadership Modesto is a commitment to self-development and community building. The 10 month immersion runs from September thru June and the application and selection process is highly competitive.


Leadership Modesto Mission:
To identify, educate and motivate potential community Leaders.

As a participant you will …

  • Expand your understanding of Modesto and Stanislaus County through exposure to community issues you may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore.
  • Exchange ideas with current experts, decision makers and community leaders on a broad range of topics.
  • Enhance leadership and management skills
  • Develop close relationships and mutual concerns with other class members.

What is covered?

Leadership Modesto is a ten-month program that is covered in nine, one-day seminars and a weekend retreat. Those selected will discuss, explore and gain “hands on” experience in the areas of:

  • Local Government, and Politics
  • Community Services
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Media & Perception
  • Arts, Culture and Community
  • Legislative issues in Sacramento
  • Infrastructure and Land Use
  • Public Safety
  • Business Community and Agriculture

The program will also include a weekend retreat focused on team building and leadership skills. Applications are sought and encouraged from all segments of the community, including business, professional services, government, education, civic organizations, the arts and labor.

2017-18 Class Schedule
Getting to Know You Reception August 10, 2017
Retreat Sept. 15-17, 2017
Arts, Culture, & Community Day October 6, 2017
Community Services Day November 3, 2017
Education Day December 8, 2017
Local Government Day January 12, 2018
Modesto Chamber of Commerce
Annual Gala & Membership Awards
January 27, 2018
Health Care February 9, 2018
Mid-Year Reconnect Reception February 22, 2018
Business Day March 2, 2018
State Government Day March 14, 2018
Public Safety Day April 13, 2018
Commerce & Agriculture May 4, 2018
Infrastructure & Economic Development June 1, 2018
Graduation June 14, 2018
Click to Download 2017-18 Schedule

Leadership Modesto seeks men and women with a sincere commitment, motivation and interest in serving the community …

  • All applicants are pre-screened and finalists will be interviewed
  • Tuition is $1,100 per participant. At least $275 of the total must be paid by the applicant. The remainder may be paid by the applicant, their employer or a community organization
  • Participants must attend all sessions or they will be considered for dismissal. Tuition will not be refunded
  • Since attendance at each session is required, applicants must have the FULL support of their employer


For more information, please call the Modesto Chamber at 209.577.5757 or email: smontez@modchamber.org.

Leadership Modesto is Modesto’s future… By making people aware of what makes the community “tick”, by building understanding of the myriad points of view on issues facing the community. Future leadership is built.

Jeff Cowan – Founder, Leadership Modesto

Leadership Modesto is an outstanding program that should be a prerequisite for anyone concerned about our community and where it is headed. I would have no reservations about rating the program two thumbs up!”

David Harvey – Leadership Modesto Alumnus, 1990-91

Leadership Modesto is a fantastic ride. I still am amazed at all of the nuance and perspective that I have gleaned from this experience. Not to mention all of the new friends and working relationships formed. Leadership Modesto is a must for all future leaders.

Keith D. Boggs – Leadership Modesto Alumnus, 1999-00

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