The Leadership Los Alamos program is nine months in duration and has graduated leaders since 2003.. Program sessions are designed to address current issues facing the community. Each program session features speakers that are acknowledged leaders in their specific fields, while program participants actively engage in discussion and debate. The process offers an opportunity for inquiry, analysis, and development of solutions to the most pressing issues facing our community and surrounding area.
Program sessions are held in Los Alamos and the surrounding area in order to expose participants to the different aspects of our community and the local issues important to each area. In addition, program participants experience the unique culture of the area, weaving for themselves a broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing our community with many cultures and geographic diversity.
Each program year includes a mandatory one-day leadership Orientation and retreat followed by educational sessions on topics such as:
- Cultural Issues
- Economic Development
- Local Government
- Community Organizations
- Education and Youth
The year concludes with a Closing Session and graduation.
The program is open to anyone who lives or works in Los Alamos. Leadership Los Alamos selects a class each year of 24 or so leaders or potential leaders who represent a cross-section of the community and surrounding area from public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Special consideration is given to ensure diversity of occupational background, race, gender, and community involvement. Participants are selected using the following criteria:
- Commitment, motivation, and interest in serving Los Alamos
- Demonstrated leadership in community activities
- Record of accomplishments within his or her own company or organization
- Interest in seeking future key volunteer and/or appointed leadership roles
- An occupational commitment to remain in the Los Alamos area
- Commitment to play a personal role in helping shape Los Alamos’ future
Note that active participation in the sessions and other activities to be completed during the year are required as stated in the Application Form and Commitment & Confidentiality Statement.