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Leadership South Shore


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 “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy


What is Leadership South Shore?

Leadership South Shore is modeled after leadership initiatives in other states and was launched here on the South Shore in 2016 by South Shore Bank in conjunction with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.  This celebrated program selects participants from a pool of applicants and then leads the participants through a 9-month experiential learning curriculum.


Why this Program?

Leaders and emerging leaders play an important role in the workplace, in their homes and in our communities.  As such, it is important that they be well versed in the opportunities and challenges unique to our region and that knowledge of community issues be channeled into transformative, positive community influence.  Informed leaders make informed decisions. The goal of Leadership South Shore is to transform a highly-motivated group of individuals into a network of leaders with knowledge and commitment to benefit the region. The Program is not a starting point, but rather a process for emerging and established leaders to refine and enhance their commitment to creating positive change in our communities.


Program Content:

This 9 month long, "thought provoking" community leadership program examines regional issues through the perspectives of experts, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, and other experiential activities. There are 5 day long programs that take place October through May and a September graduation.   

Topics explored include: 

Health & Human Services 


The Local Justice System

Regional Economic Development 

Arts and Culture

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Leadership South Shore graduated its first class of participants on September 19, 2017.  October 17, 2017 marked the beginning of the 2017-18 Program with the welcoming of 18 new participants at a day long orientation. 

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Who Should Apply:

Each year Leadership South Shore selects a diverse group of established and emerging leaders to participate in the program. Those who seek to advance their personal and professional development and who want to influence positive change and impact the quality of life in the community, are ideal candidates for Leadership South Shore.  

How to Apply:

There are 3 steps in the application process:

  1. Interested individuals will complete the application. 

  2. Applicants who are employees will complete the “Applicant and Employer Commitment Form” in conjunction with their employer.

  3. Applicant will submit a Recommendation Letter from their direct supervisor or a professional colleague in cases where applicant is a CEO/Owner.

After all forms are received, qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person interview. There is a $500 Tuition Fee** to participate which covers all program-related activities and materials, meals during program days, and transportation to offsite programs.

**Scholarships may be available for qualifying applicants.  Please contact Rayna for more information about scholarships.




Applications are now closed for the 2017-18 Program Year.  If you are interested in the 2018-19 Program, email contact information to the  attention of Rayna Minder, Marketing Department at :




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