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  • "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
    – President John F. Kennedy


    The leadership challenge before us demands that we be informed and ready to act as community leaders, whether it be to cast a vote or run for office, volunteer for community service, or to serve on a local board or commission. 

    What is the San Rafael Leadership Institute?

    The San Rafael Leadership Institute is Marin’s premier leadership program for professionals who seek to hone their capacity to lead, develop a leadership vision, explore current issues, and to better understand the decision-making systems in Marin. At the heart of the program is the opportunity to experience a group of dynamic, diverse professionals from many industries and disciplines. 

    The San Rafael Leadership Institute offers a singular opportunity to develop leadership and team-building skills while learning about current issues that impact Marin County. The program brings together many of Marin’s policymakers and offers participants the chance to build relationships with key stakeholders in the county. Team building is a critical component of the Institute’s leadership development philosophy. The skills achieved in this group setting, which include leadership vision, facilitated debate, and conflict resolution, are geared to assist future leaders in mastering collaboration and collective problem-solving while developing a sense of personal leadership, organizational leadership, and, finally, leadership in the community.

    Throughout the San Rafael Leadership Institute, the class participates in activities and exercises that prepare them to become active community leaders who can envision community change. Many graduates are surprised to learn so much about Marin, even though they have been residents for many years or their entire life. 

    Who Should Attend?

    CEOs and CFOs, business owners and entrepreneurs, senior managers and department heads, consultants and independent contractors, nonprofit executive directors and senior staff, board chairs and directors, county and city management, and community leaders.

    What is the class project?

    The Class Project gives Leadership Institute participants a chance to utilize their expertise and resources to complete a project benefiting the community. The Class Project allows the class to become a "team", using both the wisdom they bring to the Institute, as well as the leadership skills and community knowledge learned during this program. The skills achieved in this group setting, which include leadership vision, facilitated debate and decision-making, are geared to assist future leaders in mastering collaboration and collective problem-solving. Established 1985 

    Previous projects have included “Call Marin Home” (housing/economic security), “Bike the Blvd” (transportation options/sustainability), “Add a Meal Program,” (economic recovery/sustainability), “Spirit of Marin Utility Box Art Project” (downtown beautification), “Cleaning Up Myths about Homelessness” (education campaign/community clean-up), and “Pedal Power/Bike Fixit Station Project” (transportation options). 

    What is the time commitment?

    The all-day Leadership Institute meets once a month from October through June. Each session is held at a different and significant location in and around Marin. Please Note: Besides the one-day, monthly sessions, the time commitment includes team time to work on the Class Project. Time will vary according to the project, and while each Leadership session includes class time, extra meetings in person or on Zoom will be required to complete the project. 

    Session Dates & Curriculum:

    October 2024 - June 2025 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Orientation - October 3 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Session 1: Transformational Leadership Coaching - October 10 

    Session 2: Government & Community Engagement - November 12

    Session 3: Marin's Economic Infrastructure - December 12

    Session 4: Health and Wellness - January 16

    Session 5: Education & Youth - February 13

    Session 6: Public Safety & Justice - March 13

    Session 7: Media & the Arts - April 17

    Session 8: Sustainability in Marin - May 8

    Session 9: Leadership Review & Graduation Ceremony - June 5, 1:30 - 5:30 pm

    Optional Session: West Marin's Rural Economy - May 22


    Session Expectations

    Nine monthly sessions will occur on one Thursday each month from October through June, with the exception of orientation in October and an optional day in May. Most classes will be on the 2nd Thursday, and some will vary due to community scheduling (e.g., Spring Break). Presentation materials will be included with Session agendas or forwarded after class. Speaker’s bios and contact information will be shared. 

    Graduation will be held after the last session, with families and colleagues invited to attend the celebration. 

    Participants are expected to attend every session and participate in their work teams on their Class Project, which may incur outside class time, as noted above. All absences must be communicated prior to class to the Program Director or Program Chair, except for unexpected emergencies. Absences will be monitored throughout the year, and if there are questions about eligibility for graduation, it will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

    Application Deadline & Tuition Class of 2024-25

    Final Application Submission Deadline: September 13, 2024, 5:00 pm

    San Rafael Chamber Member Tuition: $1550.00 

    Non-Chamber Members Tuition $1750.00

    Full payment is due by Friday, September 13, 2024 


    Scholarship Application

    Scholarships are available for eligible businesses/owners through the generous support of the Marin Leadership Foundation and a grant provided by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Please click the link below for more information. All applications will be reviewed by the Marin Leadership Foundation (MLF) Board of Directors, and the recipient will be selected and notified by the MLF.

    Deadline to complete a Scholarship Application is July 31, 2024

    For more information, please contact Admin@cpidevelopers.com

  • Thank You to Our Leadership Institute Partners!

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  • Testimonials from San Rafael Leadership Institute Graduates

    “The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce is a critical link in the Marin business community. And the Chamber’s Leadership Program is an incredible training that was very informative, inspiring and presented in an objective, practical way. Having the opportunity to hear from experts who are successful and have years of expertise in their fields is extremely valuable. As a graduate, I feel empowered with a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of the professionals and topics in our community. I look forward to staying connected with both my classmates and the guest speakers I have met over the past year.”

    Robb Stites, (2022 Graduate)

    I dove right into the program within the first two weeks of joining Bank of Marin, not quite knowing what to expect. The San Rafael Leadership Institute was not only the perfect way for me to learn about what makes the City of San Rafael tick, but also gave me the opportunity to meet some outstanding leaders in my community." 

    Andrea Henderson, Director of Marketing, Bank of Marin (2019 Graduate)