Ulster Leadership Development Institute

The Chamber has successfully hosted the Ulster Leadership Development Institute for 27 years, providing a rich experience for over 400 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:

Elliott Auerbach, Deputy Comptroller, NYS Office of the State Comptroller
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 Endurance


Dr. Helena Costakis, SUNY New Paltz School of Business
Eric Gullickson, 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
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
Connie VanKleeck, Sound of Life
Michael Bednarz, The Arc of Mid-Hudson
Debbie Harris, Best Western Plus
Lisa Berger, Ulster County Tourism
Steve Noble, City of Kingston Mayor
Egidio Tinti, City of Kingston Police Chief
Garry Kvistad, Woodstock Chimes

The program runs from September through June, starting with a two-day retreat at the Emerson Resort & Spa 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 our program’s Premier Sponsor making it possible for us to keep our tuition cost affordable. 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 nonprofit organizations through the Len Cane Memorial Scholarship Fund, based on financial need.

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