Applications Now Available

for the 2020 – 2021 Class

Do you have an employee who is an emerging leader or demonstrates leadership potential? Are you looking for an affordable opportunity to move your employees to the next level in their career and help you build for the future?

Are you an established or emerging leader yourself individual looking for an opportunity to meet other key industry and civic leaders from the Greater Nashua region, and join a network of nearly 500 men and women in leadership positions throughout the area?

We invite you to take the next big step and apply for this year-long course. Gain a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the various elements of the greater Nashua community that make it such a great place in which to live, work, and raise a family. Get an inside perspective on Nashua’s infrastructure and grow relationships with your peers, and meet industry leaders and important constitutes through greater Nashua’s premier leadership program.

The LGN program costs Greater Nashua Chamber members just $1,250 for the 10-month program ($1,550 for not-yet-members)! | Comparable programs can cost companies $2,000+!

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Mission

To strategically recruit, educate and inspire emerging leaders from every component of the Greater Nashua Community, and to promote and protect the future economic, social, and civic viability of Greater Nashua.

Goals for Participants:

  • An in-depth education on Greater Nashua’s past, present, and future
  • An opportunity to meet Greater Nashua’s key leaders in each of its different sectors
  • A chance to better understand Greater Nashua’s opportunities and challenges facing the city in the coming years
  • An opportunity to establish and deepen invaluable relationships in the community

Program

The Leadership Greater Nashua program consists of a series of sessions that give a first-hand look into Greater Nashua’s infrastructure and community. These monthly, day-long sessions are mandatory and are guided by a series of themes classifying the different sectors that make up Greater Nashua.

Learn more about the sessions on the GNCC Blog!

An updated schedule for 2020-2021 is coming soon, but past session days have included:

Kick-Off Retreat
The opening retreat focuses on getting you acquainted with your classmates, what to expect from the program, and how to get the most out of it.

Social Services 
Learn more about the non-profit organizations in our community and the people behind them, and explore the relationship between the business community and the non-profit sector.

Law Enforcement
Gain a better understanding of the issues faced by our state’s court systems, and experience firsthand the day to day happenings at our local Police and Fire Departments

Healthcare
Learn about the health issues facing Greater Nashua residents, the number of different services available within the city, and explore the growing industry of preventative medicine.

Economy
Get acquainted with the different types of business across the city, from family-owned to corporate, and learn their effects on our local economy. Attend the Chamber’s Annual Outlook Luncheon for an economic forecast of the upcoming year.

Government & Politics
Begin the day at the Chamber’s Annual State of the City Address and listen to Nashua’s newly elected Mayor discuss his/her initiatives and goals for the upcoming year. Learn firsthand the differences between town and city government as we travel between towns, and enjoy a candid discussion with our local State Senators.

Education
Explore the many different schools in our area, and sit down for a panel discussion on the differences between our public, private, and charter institutions. Become familiar with the challenges faced by today’s educators and students.

Arts & Culture
Travel across Greater Nashua to explore the role of our art community within the city. Through panel discussions and short performances, you will experience all that the Nashua Arts has to offer.

Entrepreneurship

Who Should Apply?

Emerging leaders | Those looking to secure a leadership role | Those in leadership roles looking to expand their knowledge | Individuals looking for personal and professional growth in Greater Nashua

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO SHOULD APPLY?  The Chamber seeks emerging and established leaders from diverse sectors of the Greater Nashua community with a strong desire to build connections within the region so they may successfully assume leadership roles within their organization(s) and in their communities. Candidates must be willing to commit time and energy to LGN, including attending and actively participating in the opening retreat, each monthly class, and any required additional preparation time outside of session days.

WHAT IS THE CLASS COMPOSITION? Our ideal class size is 20-25 members and we look for a good mix of individuals from non-profit, education, the arts, business, government, community groups, etc. and make selections based upon individual qualifications, balanced with a desire to create a diverse and stimulating class, made up of people with a commitment to the communities of Greater Nashua.

WHAT DOES THE TIME COMMITMENT LOOK LIKE? LGN takes place on nine business days, during business hours, from October 2020 through June 2021; graduation will be held on a weekday evening in June 2021. A mandatory 1-2 day retreat (without an overnight, given the current COVID-19 situation) will be held in September with more details to follow. There is also required reading and other out-of-session program assignments. *Specific dates coming soon. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO GAIN FROM THE PROGRAM? New friends! New professional connections! A wealth of knowledge! And newfound or expanded love for the Greater Nashua region!

Each session day is focused on a different topic as it relates to Greater Nashua (for instance: healthcare, education, arts & culture, etc.). For each day, we will put together a stimulating agenda featuring local leaders related to the topic for that month – both individual speakers and panels of thought-leaders. Along with speakers, we’ll set up tours, discussions to help you explore diverse ideas and challenge personal assumptions, provide reading materials, pre-work assignments, and more. Through all of these avenues throughout the program you’ll get a chance to look behind the scenes at our local businesses and organizations and delve deeply into a variety of topics. You will leave each day inspired and with more knowledge and opportunities for engagement and impact.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Tuition for LGN is $1,250 for Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce members and $1,550 for non-members. Tuition includes all sessions, supportive materials, and meals on session days. Limited tuition assistance is available based on need and qualifications. Tuition is non-refundable. No individual may attend the initial session unless payment has been made in full.

To be eligible for the member tuition rate, applicant’s business/employer/community organization must be a member in good standing with the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce for the duration of the LGN program.  

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE? All applications, including letter(s) of recommendation, resumes, and any requests for tuition assistance, must be received by 5:00p on Friday, August 21, 2020.

Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 LGN Class!

Please find the full application here, and the tuition assistance request form here. If you have additional questions, please email info@nashuachamber.com. Thanks!

Incomplete Applications without all requested documents will NOT be accepted.

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Testimonials

As someone who moved to Southern New Hampshire later on in their career, Leadership Greater Nashua helped me to cultivate new relationships in the community.

Kirsten Sea Perry, CMPCrowne Meetings Director, Crowne Plaza Nashua

Being new to the Greater Nashua community, I appreciated the opportunity to get a full immersion into each aspect of governmental, community and civic issues. I made great connections with our class of 20 leaders.

Elizabeth CovinoDirector of Community Relations, YMCA of Greater Nashua

Being native to southern NH and not growing up in Nashua, Leadership Greater Nashua puts all of the tools and resources within the city in your hands. It’s like I grew up in Nashua in 9 months!

Matt RussoVice President, Store Manager at TD

I was able to be a part of Leadership of Greater Nashua class of 2013. The opportunity to be a part of Leadership of Greater Nashua helped me grow personally and professionally. Personally, I learned about many of the hidden gems in Nashua like the arts community and the historical buildings. Professionally, LGN helped me develop my presentation skills and groups skills, which has certainly helped me in my position at Peoples United Bank.

Eric SopperFinancial Services Manager, Peoples United Bank

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