Leadership Maine

Help shape Maine’s future

Crisis – in the form of the COVID19 pandemic and the ensuing recession – challenges us to adapt and step-up as leaders.  We join you in making tough decisions for these uncertain times. After an extensive review of pandemic and economic projections, stakeholder input, and potential safety concerns, MDF is delaying the next class of Leadership Maine until fall of 2021.  Required adaptations for in-person delivery and safety would have compromised the high-quality, deeply bonding learning experiences and site visits that are integral to this extraordinary program.

All applicants for fall 2020 have been notified of these changes and deferred to fall 2021.  We will start accepting additional applications for 2021 beginning October 1, 2020. 

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.

Financial Information

MDF is dedicated to making the Leadership Maine experience accessible to all Mainers.

Program Schedule

See the full Leadership Maine Program Schedule. 

Nomination Form

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Leadership Maine Application

Ready to learn how to help shape Maine’s future? Apply to Leadership Maine.

Alumni Directory

Leadership Maine alumni all have one thing in common: a passion to help move Maine forward.

Through the program, leaders:

  • Learn first-hand about critical issues facing our state by exploring Maine’s diverse regions, assets, economies, issues, and people through direct interaction 
  • Uncover and build upon their personal leadership strengths and opportunities for growth, and the skills to build effective teams through experience
  • Gain an increased commitment to making a difference in Maine communities
  • Develop important and lasting relationships with a diverse community of business, community, government and educational leaders.

The Leadership Maine curriculum is designed for leaders from all sectors. Now in its 26th year, the program has graduated more than 1200 individuals who are leading the way in driving economic growth throughout Maine.

Each Leadership Maine class is given real-life challenges to address. Participants work in teams to address the assigned issue, connect with key stakeholders, organizations and groups, and develop a solution-oriented path with the goal of improving the economy. 

Leadership Bicentennial Blog

LM Baskahegan Class – Team Gold

In celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial and 200 years of leadership that paved the way to make Maine “the way life should be,” members of Leadership Maine’s Baskahegan Class Team Gold interviewed leaders from around the state.  With diverse backgrounds, industries and geographies, they each share deep interest and commitment to the state of Maine and its people.  Click on the name below to read about their journeys, including who in Maine’s history has been an inspiration for them! 

Jan Kearce, Director, MDF Leadership Programs, challenges the graduating Leadership Maine Allagash Class to be a living commitment to possibility

2019 Leadership Maine Graduation Keynote – Mike Gawtry, Fmr. Dir., Sporting Goods & Travel, L.L Bean & Tau Class Alum

How Leadership Maine Empowers Individuals and Teams to Capitalize Strengths

“Leadership Maine offered a comprehensive overview of the many critical facets of the Maine economy, which provided me a greater depth of knowledge and helped me in becoming a more effective decision maker.” 

Robin Zinchuk, Executive Director, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce

Are you up for the challenge?

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