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the program 

Leadership Monterey County (LMC) builds awareness of local business and community concerns and encourages involvement and stewardship to help shape the future of Monterey County.  It is a comprehensive focus on important community issues. 


The greatest need in our community is leadership. The LMC program is centered around educating management-track individuals in different career paths to better understand the economics, government, social issues, and heritage of all areas of Monterey County. The program strives to motivate new leaders into local government, advocacy in local policy, understanding the major job industries in Monterey County, and volunteerism in the community in which they live. Investing this time in the participants is another tool to encourage Monterey County residents to be active in their city, to be educated, to care about their surroundings, to learn about their children's environment, and hopefully support long-term residency and careers within the county.


This 10-month educational program (February to November) offers a comprehensive focus on important community issues.  Graduates take on many roles in the community including membership on nonprofit boards, participation on city and county boards and commissions and holding public office, along with leadership roles at all levels in a wide variety of civic, business, nonprofit, community and neighborhood groups.


Individuals benefit from our program in several ways including: a comprehensive understanding of important community issues and organizations, the ability to meet the “movers and shakers’ in the community, building a diverse network of informed colleagues, strengthening professional skills and expanding contacts.


Leaders are trained and developed in a program that includes three components:

  • Education – Seminars on topical current events in Monterey County.

  • Experience – Hands-on learning in a variety of community-based venues.

  • Exposure – Interactive panels with leaders from business, government, public benefit, education and a variety of other sectors


Class size will be up to 30 participants. The minimum age to participate is 18, and individuals from varied ethnic backgrounds and all areas of Monterey County are encouraged to participate. Participants must attend a minimum of 8 out of 10 sessions to graduate. Contact us if you are interested in participating.



Our 2023 Classes:

February 24, 2023 - Hospitality Day

March 24, 2023 - Education Day 

April 28, 2023 - Agriculture Day 

May 26, 2023  - Government & Law Day ​

June 23, 2023 - Nonprofit Day ​

July 28, 2023 - Defense & Security Day ​

August 25, 2023 - Infrastructure & Environment Day 

September 22, 2023 - South County Day ​

October 27, 2023 - Art, History, & Culture Day          

November 17, 2023 - Healthcare Day & Graduation Ceremony 


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