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Kennebec Leadership Institute

KLI logo colorThis is a four-month-long intensive leadership training program for individuals of all ages who want to increase their leadership skills to grow in their businesses, in their volunteer organizations and in many cases in elected offices. KLI has been successfully operated by the Chamber in conjunction with the University of Maine at Augusta for 29 years. Graduates receive CEU’s from UMA and may receive formal credits if desired. The program has graduated more than 400 students since inception.

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A Program Of:

 The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

The University of Maine at Augusta
Division of Continuing Education

KLI 2015 Corporate Sponsors:

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The Need

The direction that we as a community take in the coming years is largely dependent upon the knowledge, awareness and abilities of our future community leaders. As our society grows increasingly complex, the need for development of well-rounded professionals with practical leadership tools and skills becomes essential. This is especially true now in the Kennebec Valley.

The Solution

  • Provide information on the diversity, uniqueness, resources and concerns of the Kennebec Valley.
  • Promote advanced leadership development through interactive sessions with problems, procedures and persons involved in conducting private and public business.
  • Motivate participants to assume responsible positions in business, civic and community organizations.
  • Establish a network of capable leaders from which to draw as new challenges and opportunities present themselves in the changing business and community life of the Kennebec Valley.

What is the Kennebec Leadership Institute?

The concept of a leadership program is to assure a continuing flow of able, vigorous and resourceful leaders in the Kennebec Valley area. As the oldest such leadership program in the state, the Kennebec Leadership Institute (KLI) draws prospective leaders from a cross-section of businesses, organizations and the community at large. Its purpose is to stimulate these promising individuals to work more effectively within their own spheres of interest and influence and to expand their civic and community participation. KLI seeks to foster a network of leaders who are committed to understanding and improving the Kennebec Valley. Past graduates have successfully run for office, been promoted within their companies, sat on boards of directors throughout the community; and chaired various civic and community groups.

KLI is an intensive, three-month (80 hour) training program that requires 100% commitment from its participants. It is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to become more effective community leaders. KLI is co-sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Who Should Participate?

Any Kennebec Valley resident, or one who works in the Kennebec Valley, with a demonstrated interest in community betterment is invited to apply. You need not already be in a leadership position; the only requirement is a sincere interest in improving yourself and becoming a more active participant in the future of the Kennebec Valley. To see a list of our alumni, click here.

Program Content: 

1. Leadership Skill Building:  Taught in two weekends (opening & closing) and four full day sessions that focus on building participant's leadership skills and talents.
  • Styles of Leadership
  • Communication Skills - Listening & Understanding - Self-Expression - Influencing & Persuasion
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Goal Setting and Action Planning
2. Kennebec Valley Issues Taught in eight Wednesday evening sessions.  A series of panel discussions with top business and community leaders, each focusing on a specific topi or aspect of life and work in the Kennebec Valley.
  • History, Demographics & Economic Base
  • Government - Local & State
  • Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
  • Education PreK-12
  • Post Secondary Education 
  • Economic Development 
  • KV Downtowns - Past, Present & Future 
  • Service Organizations & Community Involvement - Culture & the Arts

2016 Program Information:

When: January 30 – May 4, 2016 

The Institute includes two weekends, four full-day sessions, and eight evening classes. 

OPENING WEEKEND                                                     Jan. 30 & 31 (overnight)        
Evening Panel #1 - History, Demographics & Economic Base  Feb. 3     6-9:00 p.m.
Full Day #1 - Leadership Skill Building                      Feb. 10   8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  
Evening Panel #2 - Government (state & local)                   Feb. 17   6-9:00 p.m.
Evening Panel #3 - Public Safety & Emergency Prep.           Feb. 24   6-9:00 p.m.
Full Day #2 - Leadership Skill  Building                     Mar. 2     8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Evening Panel #4 - Education Pre K-12                               Mar. 8 (Tuesday) 6-9:00 p.m.
Evening Panel #5 - Post-Secondary Educ. & Workforce Dev. Mar. 16    6-9:00 p.m.
Full Day #3 - Leadership Skill Building                     Mar. 23  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Evening Panel #6 - Economic Dev./Future Job Market         Mar. 30    6-9:00 p.m.
Evening Panel #7 - KV Downtowns-Past, Present & Future   Apr. 6      6-9:00 p.m.
Full Day #4 - Leadership Skill Building                      Apr. 13  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Evening Panel #8 - Community Svc. & Cultural Org.            Apr. 20      6-9:00 p.m.
Snow Day (if needed)                                                      Apr. 27
Closing Weekend                                                         Apr. 30 & May 1 (overnight)   
Graduation Breakfast @ Senator Inn                            May 4             7:30 a.m.       
How Much:   Tuition is $1400. The Kennebec Leadership Institute may have partial scholarships available - call the Chamber of Commerce for details.
How to Apply:  Submit completed application to The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Review of applications begins in August. A screening committee will interview finalists. Click Here for our application form in PDF Format.
University Credit:  This 80-hour program is worth 8 CEU Credits. The University of Maine at Augusta will award credit for SSC 317 Leadership Seminar upon upon paid university registration and documented completion of the Kennebec Leadership Program.
Contact Information:
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 676
Augusta ME 04332-0676
Phone: 207-623-4559
Fax: 207-626-9342
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