Take an Inward Journey

The Institute for Civic Leadership helps leaders develop and practice the necessary skills to lead effectively in today’s fast-paced environment. 

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Join more than 1200 graduates

The Leadership Maine curriculum is designed for leaders from all sectors. As you work on real-life challenges, you’ll gain the skills necessary to drive economic growth throughout Maine.

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A free program for all Maine legislators

At MDF’s Policy Leadership Academy, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of the Maine economy and the factors that drive long-term growth. 

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MDF understands the importance of leadership in our communities and places of business during economic crisis, recovery, growth and establishing sustainability. Throughout the COVID-19 health crisis and the resulting economic recovery, we continue to develop leaders and arm them with training and resources so they can be effective stabilizers and catalyzers.

Update on Leadership Maine and ICL Programs: The classes scheduled to start in the Fall of 2020 are being delayed until Fall of 2021 Due to COVID-19. All applicants have been notified of these changes and deferred to fall 2021.  We will start accepting additional applications for 2021 beginning October 1, 2020.  Class schedules coming soon.

In addition, like you, we are pivoting to meet current needs. MDF is developing significant virtual programming on Leadership, Community and the Economy and will offer a highly-experiential, virtual slate of programs that will start this fall (September 2020) and run through June 2021. This gives us an opportunity to engage our alumni and members, as well as newcomers to our programs in new, creative ways.  Program details will be available later this summer.  Stay tuned for opportunities to join us…from wherever you are in Maine.

Institute for Civic Leadership

The Institute for Civic Leadership is an experiential, eight month, inward journey that enables a leader to develop the skills to lead in a collaborative and facilitative way.

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Leadership Maine

Leadership Maine is a powerful, nine month, outward journey that takes a leader beyond their day-to-day experience and expands their capacity to shape our state’s future.

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Policy Leaders Academy

Policy Leaders Academy is a non-partisan experiential immersion for legislators in the fundamentals of the Maine economy, the factors that drive long-term growth, and how public policy decisions affect investment.

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Leadership Program Alumni

MDF offers professional development, networking, community service and impactful engagement opportunities to the 1800+ alumni of Leadership Maine and ICL.

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Leadership Development with MDF

MDF believes that when you bring together Mainers, equip them with leadership skills, immerse them in critical issues facing Maine, excite them about the future and empower them to take action, they can move mountains. Our leadership programs are designed to do just that, whether they are serving  business leaders, policymakers, non-profits, community leaders, or all of these groups – MDF curricula and training prepares leaders of all types to adapt to ever-changing challenges and opportunities.

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Realize Maine Network

The Realize Maine Network connects regional groups, business, organizations and policymakers to share best practices for attracting and retaining young people to live, work and thrive in Maine.

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Revive Civility

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