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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. Tuition is $2500 and we request payment prior to the start of the program in late February. Contact us if you are interested in participating.



Proposed 2024 LMC Dates and Topics


February 23, 2024 Hospitality

 March 22, 2024 Education

 April 26, 2024 Agriculture

 May 17, 2024 Government and Law

 June 28, 2024 Infrastructure

 July 26, 2024 Defense and Security

 August 23, 2024 Nonprofit

 September 27, 2024 South County

 October 25, 2024 Art/History/Culture

 November 15, 2024 Healthcare


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