Berkshire Leadership Program (BLP)
MISSION: The Berkshire Leadership Program seeks to prepare, involve and sustain leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed and competent to address community challenges and improve the quality of life in the Berkshires.
BLP Class of 2015: CONGRATS!!!
The Class of 2015 celebrated their Commencement on Thursday, June 11th after 12 weeks of intensive programming! Their commitment to moving the Berkshires forward through community involvement is evident and we’d like to formally welcome them into the BLP Alumni Network, which now has an impressive 479 graduates! This is the 18th cohort to graduate the program.
The Class of 2015 decided to partner with Pittsfield Community Connection (PCC) for their economic development project. Throughout the program, they helped rebrand PCC, increased their social media and web presence, and hosted an event to promote awareness. A job well done!
Thank you to our sponsors:
Berkshire Community College
Berkshire County Regional Employment Board
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
The Berkshire Eagle
On Thursday, June 12, 2014 we celebrated the Class of 2014 with a graduation ceremony at Crissey Farm. During the ceremony, they presented their Economic Development project, which involved promoting awareness of the Berkshire Train Campaign. To read more about their effort, click here.
- The Berkshire Leadership Program kicks off each March with a mandatory two-day retreat, followed by day-long economic development bus tour and eight weekly, four-hour evening sessions that focus on specific topic areas. The program closes with a mandatory dinner and commencement event. Follow up project assignments and periodic get-togethers throughout the year are also planned.
- The retreat, facilitated by professionals, include aspects of leadership, problem solving techniques and networking. The Berkshire Leadership Program sessions are held at sites throughout the Berkshires and give participants the opportunity to interact with community leaders.
CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION
- Demonstrated commitment to, and interest in, serving the Berkshires in a leadership role.
- Willingness to commit time and energy to completing the program.
- Resident of the Berkshires or ability to demonstrate significant current community involvement in the region.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
- Prepares you for community leadership by heightening awareness of key issues affecting the Berkshires.
- Enhances creative problem solving and team building skills.
- Offers interaction with prominent leaders who influence daily living in our community.
- Establishes a professional network, which is utilized well beyond the program.
WHERE OUR GRADUATES COME FROM
Graduates of the Berkshire Leadership Program represent a diverse cross section of organizations throughout the Berkshires. Over three hundred community-minded individuals, employed by large corporations, small non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and everything in between, have participated in the program.
WHAT COMMUNITY LEADERS HAVE TO SAY
"The Berkshire Leadership Program is one of the most visionary collaborative programs in our community. Through its inspiring workshops with enthusiastic leaders from every industry sector, it spotlights the unique importance of culture and the arts to economic development in the Berkshires. This transformative program sculpts the personal growth and blossoming of the next generation of our community's emerging leaders."
- Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director & CEO, Norman Rockwell Museum
"Berkshire Medical Center graduates of the Berkshire Leadership Program better understands the issues that face county residents, visitors and businesses by strengthening their connections to established and future business leaders. This gives them the resources and tools to better serve our community now and in the future."
- Ruth Blodgett, Senior VP for Systems Planning, Berkshire Health Systems
"My experience at BLP was one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. I was excited to learn about all of the other community leaders in my class, their experiences, jobs, and insights into the Berkshire community. The sessions were very informative and I learned a lot about Berkshire County that I never knew, even living here all of my life. I have already seen the results of being involved in the program with the way I look at issues/challenges within the community and in my job."
- Katrina Cardillo, MBA, Director of Communications, Hillcrest Educational Centers
"BLP provides participants the kind of time, environment, and support to prompt deep thinking about oneself and their potential to contribute and effect change in their community, while simultaneously promoting new collaborations between both classmates and participating organizations in Berkshire County."
- Jen Smith, Community Engagement Editor, The Berkshire Eagle