Leadership Fairfield County is a professional development program that offers broadens the skills and perspectives of organizational leaders and provides the region with individuals who are prepared to serve as catalyst for positive change. Established in 1992 by The Business Council of Fairfield County, LFC has served more than 475 executives from 170+ companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Each year, mid to senior level professionals are selected by their organizations to participate in this educational program. Class size is limited to 25. Participants receive exposure to the critical issues facing Fairfield County through on-site visits, moderated interaction with working professionals, lectures, discussion groups, and other leadership development activities. Participants are encouraged to actively engage presenters in dialogue and take advantage of their expertise by asking thoughtful and though provoking questions.
Using an experiential learning model, the class will be on-site at locations throughout Fairfield County and Hartford such as K-12 schools, colleges, entrepreneurial spaces, the State Capitol, a hospital, and a correctional facility.
Sessions are held on Fridays from 8:30AM – 3:30PM in different, subject-appropriate locations around the region. Most days include multiple sites; all involve extensive interaction with presenters and among the class. Issue briefings, requiring about 20 minutes of reading, are distributed one week in advance of each session. While subjects and dates are set, minor adjustments in the sequence in which the sessions are offered may occur in order to accommodate the needs of our faculty.
A secure parking location is provided on days when the class travels as a group.
February 22 & February 23 Orientation Dinner and Connecticut State GovernmentFebruary 22: Orientation Dinner and Team Building Program
February 23: State Government: Effective and Affordable? Elected officials and executive branch leaders present the inside story and participate in Q & A. 2017 faculty included Governor Dan Malloy, State Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase Rogers, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, State Senator Tony Hwang, State Rep. Terrie Wood, and OPM Secretary Ben Barnes. (State Capitol visit)
March 23: The Fairfield County EconomyMarch 23: A briefing on the regional economy will explore “who’s here,” including an overview of business sectors and employers that comprise the economic base of the region.
April 20: Infrastructure: Cities, Transportation, Sustainability & ResilienceApril 20: Transportation, sustainability and resilience will be addressed in the context of how Fairfield County is revitalizing its urban core.
May 18: Disruption, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: From disruption to opportunityMay 18: Disruption, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: From disruption to opportunity. How is the digital age disrupting our business model? What is the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in Fairfield County’s economic evolution?
June 15: Social Equity & Criminal JusticeJune 15: Social Equity & Criminal Justice: What are the issues of social equity facing Fairfield County? Who goes to jail in Connecticut and why? Where does incarceration fit in a “Second Chance” society? (Garner Correctional Facility visit)
September 14: Human Capital: Education, Health & WorkforceSeptember 14: Human Capital: Education, Health & Workforce: The development of human capital is a life-span investment by society. How is Fairfield County addressing the continuum of human capital development?
October 12: Where We Go From HereOctober 12: Where We Go From Here: Our final session reflects on the topics covered and offers a look at what’s next in the region and with The Business Council. (Includes 2018 closing luncheon.)
To maximize individual participation, enrollment in the Leadership Fairfield County will be limited to 25 people. Candidates should be selected according to their leadership potential, their desire to learn more about the region and their interest in community service roles.
Tution for LFC is $3,475 per person for corporate and professional services firms, $1,750 for entrepreneurs and $1,500 for participants from the non-profit and government sectors.
Please contact Cynthia Lyon for more information about the 2018 Leadership Fairfield County class.