Leadership Sandpoint



Leadership Sandpoint

The purpose of Leadership Sandpoint is to provide a forum for participants to have a focused opportunity to hone their leadership skills through educational sessions and activities in a group setting that nurtures free thinking, idea-sharing and problem solving. These emerging and existing leaders will be educated and challenged as to the needs and potential of the community in addition to the dynamics of social and economic challenges. Through the experience, a “can do” attitude emerges, which aids in providing common ground for working on present and future community projects.

The continued growth of the Sandpoint Area, including Ponderay, Dover, Kootenai and Sagle, signals the need for trained, informed and responsible leaders. The Leadership Sandpoint Program is seeking individuals who are interested in developing their skills as leaders, increasing their knowledge of our community, and exploring what their role can be in participating in community affairs.

The Program

During nine monthly day-long sessions, you will learn new perspectives and approaches to leadership development through immersed experiences supported by expert instructors and community members. Leadership Sandpoint seeks to provide positive outcomes to the following groups:

  1. The Individual through community interconnection, collaborative leadership and increased potential to expand their leadership role
  2. The Employers are provided skilled, competent, ethical and professional leaders
  3. The Community has leaders whom have gained wisdom, knowledge of the community network, the business ecosystem, understanding of the community’s needs and the tools to deal with changes on the horizon.

How it Works

Upon acceptance into the program and before you meet as a class in September you will be given the book “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath. You will be asked to take the online Strengths Finder test and send your results to the Chamber President/CEO. A ‘strengths’ matrix will be given to class members along with explanations and insights, during the first class.

The first year of the Leadership Sandpoint will begin in September with a team building day at Schweitzer Mtn facilitated by SOLE (Sandpoint Outdoor Leadership Experience). This will serve as a team building exercise, getting to know your classmates, explanation of your ‘strengths’ and a general overview of what is to come. Leadership Sandpoint will be held in day-long monthly sessions from October through May followed by a Group Service Project. Your class might be asked to present the scope of your project at one of the Chamber’s monthly luncheons.

The second year of the program is for you to plan, coordinate and execute the program for the new class. You will serve as Mentors to the new group as well as participating in the monthly sessions you assist in planning.

Participants and their organizations must be willing to commit one day per month to the program. Those selected will participate in the required activities during the first and second years. Class size will be limited to no more than 20 participants and selected through an application process.

What You Will Experience

The monthly sessions are broad areas of focus in order to explore many parts of a particular subject and its relationship to the principles of leadership. Through experiential learning you will immerse yourself in one area while listening to professionals in their fields and engage in hands-on activities bringing the topics to life.

In addition to the regular monthly topics each class will begin with an hour of Board training based on Policy Governance protocol.  This is provided for those individuals who wish to serve on a local community Board of Directors. The expectation being, you will be able to provide value immediately upon accepting a position on a local non-profit Board.

Class Schedule for 2019-2020 (subject to change)

September                        Teambuilding and Strengths

October                             Cornerstones of Sandpoint

November                         Education and the Arts

December                         Human and Community Services

January                             Sustainability

February                            Law Enforcement, Judicial System, Local and State Government

March                                 Economic Drivers

April                                     Health and Wellness

May                                     Natural Resources and Tourism

June                                     Service Challenge Project Planning

July – August                     Completion of Group Service Project (if applicable)


The Application Process

The application process begins early August and the deadline for priority enrollment is August 19th. Applications will continue to be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until the class is full. The selection of participants is made through online application and a letter of recommendation. To the best of our ability the selected participants will be notified by August 31st.


What is the cost to attend Leadership Sandpoint?

The tuition for Leadership Sandpoint is $350 for members and $425 for non-members, for the two-year program and covers meals, transportation, books, materials and administrative costs. There is a $25 deposit due with application submission. This deposit fee is refundable only if you are not accepted into the program. The remainder of the tuition is due once notification of acceptance has been received and can be paid by the sponsoring employer or the participant no later than September 13th.

Recommend someone you know! 

We would love to hear from you! Give us your suggestion for a participant in the Leadership Sandpoint! Tell us who they are, nominate them and sponsor them. If you have seen the potential in somebody, give them a boost and get them involved. Contact the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce today, 208.263.2161.

We’re here to help!

Contact the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce during regular business hours with your questions. We are available Monday through Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Office: 208.263.2161


Download application HERE.


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