Ulster Leadership Development Institute

The Chamber has successfully hosted the Ulster Leadership Development Institute for 31 years, providing a rich experience for over 450 graduates. The program has evolved to offer participants 18 diverse interactive sessions with leaders from business, nonprofit, and government sectors within our region, all focused on developing advanced leadership understanding, capacity and significance.

View our introductory video here:




In the last few years, we have heard from:

Congressman Patrick Ryan
Elliott Auerbach, Deputy Comptroller, NYS Office of the State Comptroller
Jen Metzger, Ulster County Executive
March Gallagher, Ulster County Comptroller
Kristin Backhaus, Ph.D., SUNY New Paltz School of Business
Ward Todd, Ulster Chamber of Commerce President
John Eickman, HITS Shows
Dr. Helena Costakis, SUNY New Paltz School of Business
Tom Smiley, Mohonk Mountain House
Nancy Plumer, New Visions
Jay Rifenbary, Rifenbary Training and Development
Col. David Gagnon, CPA
Tim Hayes, Central Hudson
Derrick Wynkoop, Walden Savings Bank
Steve Kelley, Ellenville Regional Hospital
Paul O’Neill, Ulster County Commissioner of Jurors
David Clegg, Ulster County District Attorney
Julie Krieger, M&T Bank
Mindy Kole, SUNY Ulster Entrepreneurship Program
Ellen Pendegar, MHA Ulster
Kevin Quilty, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Su Marcy, United Way of Ulster County
Connie VanKleeck, Sound of Life
Michael Bednarz, The Arc of Mid-Hudson
Debbie Harris, Best Western Plus
Lisa Berger, Ulster County Tourism
Tamara Murray, Emerson Resort & Spa
Steve Noble, City of Kingston Mayor
Egidio Tinti, City of Kingston Police Chief
Garry Kvistad, Woodstock Chimes
Anthony Marmo, The Italian American Foundation
Gina Carbonari, Ulster County SPCA
Lorraine Salmon, SUNY Ulster Foundation
Chris Marx, SUNY Ulster
Pete Carr, Hudson Valley Insurance Agency
Miriam Gibbons, PuroClean Professional Restoration
Joe Deegan, SVN Deegan-Collins Commercial Realty
Nancy Clark, PE, KC Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C.
John McHugh, The Arc Mid-Hudson
Barbara Cohen, Schwartz’s Inn
Jeremy Robinson-Leon, Moonburger
Shelly Turk, Rocking Horse Ranch
Cheryl Bowers, Rondout Savings Bank
Crystal Jacob, Ulster Savings Bank
Joe Beichert, Timely Signs
Susan Wright, MGI Construction & Consulting
Heidi Kirschner, Ulster County YMCA
Brianne Ebel-Whalen, Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern
Ashley Knox, Go Beyond Greatness

The program runs from September through June, starting with a two-day retreat and culminating with a graduation ceremony at the Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Ulster Celebration.

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For several decades, M&T Bank has been the program’s Premier Sponsor keeping tuition costs affordable for all.

Thank you to our partners at M&T Bank!

Want to provide one of your employees or
co-workers with a meaningful professional development experience? Sponsor them!

Want to join, but don’t have a sponsor?
A limited number of scholarships are available for qualifying nonprofit organizations through the Len Cane Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Leadership Ulster Alumni Association offers continued networking, professional development and service recognition programs beyond the intensity of the Leadership Ulster program. The Foundation works to provide ongoing programs and to maintain a network to connect graduates in business, leadership and service positions throughout the region. To join, contact us and check out the Alumni Association Group on LinkedIn!