The objective of Leadership Nassau is to assist in the development of community leaders by providing participants from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of the problems, opportunities and issues facing the community. The program will also foster the development of leadership skills and techniques in an environment that encourages the establishment of new relationships and communication networks between the participants.
Participation is open to all citizens of Nassau County. Leadership Nassau will target individuals with diverse geographical and socio-economic backgrounds and seek a racial, gender and age mix reflective of the population at large. The recruitment process ensures a group selection representative of: business and professionals, education, labor, social services and government. Since the selection process is highly competitive with a limited number of participants, applicants are encouraged to reapply to subsequent programs if not initially accepted.
If accepted into the Leadership Nassau program, each participant, financial sponsor and/or employer will be billed for the tuition fee, which covers all program costs including expenses at the open retreat and material and meal costs during regular sessions. Leadership Nassau program tuition is $650 for Chamber members and $850 for non-members, and is subject to changes as necessary. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available for those requiring financial assistance.
Leadership Nassau consists of an opening retreat of two days duration, approximately eight sessions and a one-day closing session located within Nassau County. The programs are scheduled every month beginning in September and ending in May. Attendance at all sessions is expected. Participation at the opening and closing retreats is mandatory. Involvement in Leadership Nassau does not end upon completion of the program. As part of an Alumni organization, graduates of Leadership Nassau are expected to assume active roles in local organizations and contribute to future Leadership Nassau programs.