Leadership Boise

The Purpose

Leadership Boise has, and continues to seek, the best, brightest, most energetic and interested participants. As one of the oldest Chamber-sponsored leadership programs in the United States, Leadership Boise has graduated more than 1,400 civic leaders since its inception in 1975.

The purpose of Leadership Boise is to identify these new and potential leaders and to offer a comprehensive program that will:

  • Enhance and develop knowledge and understanding of our community, its complexities and its potential.
  • Motivate and encourage participants to assume leadership roles in the community.
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with each other and with current community leaders.

The Program

Through monthly day-long sessions, participants receive an intensive examination of the Boise area, how it has developed and how it works. New perspectives for creative leadership are developed with the goal of giving participants the foundation needed to expand their leadership roles in the community.

The sessions from August through May cover:

  • August - Opening Retreat
  • September - Quality of Life & Annual Golf Scramble
  • October - Healthcare
  • November - Infrastructure & Environment
  • December - Education
  • January - Government & Chamber Days at the Legislature
  • February - Business
  • March - Legal/Social
  • April - Media & Community Service Project
  • May - Grand Finale

Class size is limited and the application process is competitive. Each year, up to 54 participants are selected to join this distinguished program. Please check with your company to see if an internal process exists for selecting a candidate. Participants and their organizations must be willing to commit one day of each month to the program. Those selected will participate in all aspects of the two-year program: attending required sessions the first year and planning Leadership Boise and Leadership Boise Academy sessions in year two. The second year of the program is the most time-intensive due to planning meetings for upcoming sessions.

The Application Process

The 2017-2019 application process is open until April 14, 2017. Participant selection is made on the basis of a written application and a personal interview. More information can be found here.

What Will it Cost to Invest in Boise?

Tuition for Leadership Boise is $1,950, payable upon acceptance into the class. Partial scholarships may be available for non-profits and small businesses with fewer than six employees. A letter requesting tuition assistance should accompany the application.

Give Us Your Personal Recommendations

You know the leaders in your organization. We hope you will identify, nominate and sponsor someone you believe would find this a valuable opportunity to become better prepared for leadership roles in the community. Please contact Erin Erkins (Cave) at (208) 472-5258 or eerkins@boisechamber.org.