lsmv33Leadership Santa Maria Valley has been “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” for 20 years now. The program, which began in 1995, has over 345 graduates to date who now serve in a variety of leadership roles in the government, service and business sectors.

Leadership Santa Maria Valley (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.

“Leadership Santa Maria Valley was a fantastic experience,” said Lisa Long, , Business Services Manager City of Santa Maria, Utilities Department. “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.”

Karen Gridiron, Director of Sales at the Radisson Hotel, said LSMV gave her a new appreciation of the local community. “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,” she said. “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”.

Throughout the 11-month course, Leadership Santa Maria Valley class members will participate in monthly topic days, where they engage and interact with community and civic leaders. It’s one of the many ways the program helps participants engage with the local community and build leadership skills.
Throughout the 11-month course, Leadership Santa Maria Valley class members will participate in monthly topic days, where they engage and interact with community and civic leaders. It’s one of the many ways the program helps participants engage with the local community and build leadership skills.

Throughout the 11-month course, class members will participate in monthly topic days, where they 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.

Jeff Clarin of the City of Santa Maria was surprised at just how impactful these topic days were. “This Leadership program has been a great experience for me. I joined leadership to learn more about the Santa Maria Valley, which I did,” Clarin explained. “I just never expected to get 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.”

In addition to learning more about the local community, each Leadership Class gives back to the community with their own unique Legacy Project. These projects allow participants to work together, get hands on with the leadership skills they learn, and help the local Santa Maria community.

For Lisa Long, the service project component was one of the most memorable parts of her LSMV experience. “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,” she said.” Thank you to the Leadership Santa Maria Valley board for this great program!”

There are plenty of reasons to consider joining the Leadership Santa Maria Valley program. Whether you are looking to get more involved in the local community, expand your circle of influence within the Santa Maria Valley or connect and network with key decision makers and leaders in our community, the program offers all of these opportunities and more.

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

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

Applications are currently being accepted for the LSMV Class of 2017. This will be their 21st year in serving our Community and preparing future Community Leaders! To learn more, contact Judi Kincaid, Executive Director LSMV, 805-346-6093 or Email her at judi.kincaid@iglide.net Applications and class schedule can be downloaded at their webpage: http://leadershipsantamariavalley.com/