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LEAD Indian Valley




LEAD Indian Valley is an updated version of the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), a program originally launched in 2005 by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce.  LEAD is an acronym for Leadership, Exploration, Advancement, and Development. These four components will inform and challenge participants as they:

  • Learn about their leadership style,
  • Explore new skills in the areas of management and team dynamics,
  • Gain confidence in their ability to advance professionally, and
  • Develop real-world experiences through networking and completing a company project.

There are nearly 125 CLI alumni actively serving their organizations and dozens of nonprofits in our local communities. LEAD Indian Valley plans to build on this strong foundation by expanding the scope of leadership training while adding value to sending organizations as participants practice what they are learning.






Tuition is due within one month after notification of acceptance to the program:

  • Chamber Members - tuition is $950
  • Non-chamber Member - tuition is $1,500, a $100 discount is applied if paid by August 1, 2017.

Please make checks payable to Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, with LEAD Indian Valley in the memo. The tuition includes all program fees (classes and materials).




Class participants of the LEAD Indian Valley Program are expected to commit the necessary time to fully participate in the program. Full participation includes:


  • Regular attendance (only two missed session permitted to graduate).
  • Preparation for sessions by completing reading and class assignments, including a company project.
  • Active participation in class sessions.



The program begins in September 2017 and concludes in May 2018. Sessions are held the 2nd Friday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The first session is a full day.





Session 1

(full day)

Program Launch

Understanding Your Leadership Approach

Opening reception; Introductions; Orientation to the program; Develop program expectations and Class Ground Rules; Area bus tour; Lunch; The Work of Leaders – Part 1 (Introduction and Vision modules); Set up interviews with community leaders.
Take home: Community Leader Interview Guide.

Session 2


Understanding Your Leadership Approach

Introduction to the Work of Leaders – Part 2 (Alignment, Execution, and Action Planning modules). Take home: WOL Book; Online version of the Team Dimensions® profile.

Session 3


Project Team Leadership – Company Project Launch

Use Team Dimensions® profile to identify basic team roles. Learn the “Z-Process” for project management. Take home: Online assessment for the Everything DiSC Management® profile. Begin planning your internal company/organization project.

Session 4


Understanding Your Management Style

Introduction to how your DiSC® style impacts the way you manage others, including directing, delegating, motivating, and developing others. Work on your company/organization project.

Session 5



Strengths theory. Your five signature themes and their relationship with each other. How to nurture your themes into strengths. Applying your strengths in various leadership roles. Work on your company/organization project.

Session 6



Guest facilitators, Frank Gallagher, Ed.D. and Sam Varano, Ed.D., from the Souderton Area School District will share a recipe for implementing change in organizations that offers practical strategies and cultivates a growth mindset. Work on your company/organization project.

Session 7


Nonprofit Board

Meet local nonprofit executives and explore the issues they are facing. Learn how to be an effective nonprofit board member. Take home: Online assessment for the Personal Listening Profile®. Work on your company/organization project.

Session 8


Enhancing Your
Listening Skills

Use Personal Listening Profile® to identify natural listening approach and its strengths and challenges. Explore the role of listening in communication effectiveness. Recognize and use effective approaches for different listening situations. Work on your company/organization project.

Session 9


Leadership Legacy and Company Project Presentations

Creating a leadership legacy. Report on your company/ organization project. Program evaluation.

May Date to Be Determined

Graduation Luncheon

Chamber hosed graduation luncheon celebration with speakers, guests, sponsors and supports, mentors and alumni.



Each participant will select a project they plan to implement and oversee within their sponsoring organization. Project reports will be due in May and must show how participants used what they learned during class to successfully design and execute the project.





Contact Ken Byler, Program Director
Phone: 215-799-1216

Email: ken@highergroundcg.com