We are currently accepting applications for the LSMV Class of 2016.  This will be our 20th Anniversary Year and we are so very excited to have reached this milestone! To date we have over 330 graduates from our program which began in 1995.  The application period closes at 4pm on July 31, 2015.  Applications can be downloaded from this site.  Interviews will be held in July. The Kick off Retreat is the weekend of August 21-23, this is a mandatory event.

Why should you consider Leadership Santa Maria Valley? Are you looking for a way to get more involved in the community?  Do you want to expand your circle of influence within the Santa Maria Valley?   Would you like to be able to network/connect with the decision makers and key leaders in our area?

“Leadership Santa Maria Valley was a fantastic experience! As a participant of the program, I learned new leadership skills, and was able to network with leaders in media, education, government, agriculture, and many more.   The opportunity to reach out to the community through our class project Go Bags Santa Maria was a great way to give back to this community. Thank you to the Leadership Santa Maria Valley board for this great program!” Lisa Long, City of Santa Maria, Business Services Manager City of Santa Maria, Utilities Department

LSMV is an 11 month leadership program designed to foster and create future community leaders.   The program allows participants to increase their understanding of local issues, challenges and solutions while expanding their personal and professional networks and refining their leadership skills.  Each Class gives back to the community with their own unique Legacy Project. Founded in 1995, LSMV has over 330 graduates serving in a variety of leadership roles in the government, service and business sectors today.

“LSMV has been an amazing eye opener and a great wealth of information and an absolute joy to meet an entire group of great new friends! I cannot express the wonderful opportunity that this has been to learn so much more about my community and the services that we provide in our area. I HIGHLY recommend this class to other leaders in the community. ” Karen Gridiron, Director of Sales, Radisson Hotel

Students engage and interact with community and civic leaders in areas of Military/Aerospace, Cultural Arts and Diversity, Public Safety, Youth and Education, Health and Human Services, Business and Economic Development, Government, Media and Technology, and Agriculture.  The unique mix of monthly day long seminars and small class atmosphere give participants an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the issues facing their community and to engage with civic leaders.

“I have learned so much about my community through my participation in LSMV.  I have a real appreciation for all that Santa Maria has brought and still brings to the central coast and beyond”.  Emma Duncan, Santa Barbara County Social Services

Successful communities and businesses require strong leadership.  If you are ready to be part of the solution and leadership of the community, please consider joining Leadership Santa Maria Valley.

“This Leadership program has been a great experience for me.  I joined leadership to learn more about the Santa Maria Valley, which I did.   I just never expected that I got so much out of the tours and topic days.   It is an amazing experience to see what makes our Santa Maria Valley tick and make some really good friends while going through it.”   Jeff Clarin, City of Santa Maria      

Leadership Santa Maria Valley is accepting candidates for the class of 2015-2016 starting Wednesday April 1.  Spaces are very limited with interviews scheduled to begin in July.   Please contact Judi Kincaid, Executive Director LSMV, 805-346-6093 or Email her at judi.kincaid@iglide.net Applications and class schedule can be downloaded starting Wednesday April 1, 2015 at our webpage: http://leadershipsantamariavalley.com/ or   from our SMVCC page http://santamaria.com/business-services/leadership/

“Definitely a 5 star program!” Hugh Rafferty, Chairman, Coast Hills Federal Credit Union Board