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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates


The curriculum of SLLI is carefully crafted with the specific goal of providing participants to a range of critical issues facing our county and the importance of leadership in moving the county forward. 

Simultaneously, participants will spend time each month examining leadership through self-reflection, studying topics specific to the understanding of leadership and organizational change, and completing a variety of exercises to practice implementation of concepts from both perspectives.

Leadership Skills Development

Each month, attributes of inspiring leaders are discussed. Skills necessary for effective leadership, such as those listed below, are also studied and practiced.

  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Skills, Traits and Personality
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Active Listening and Communicating Effectively
  • Media relations/Public Speaking
  • Self-awareness & reflection
  • Strategic planning/visioning

Civic Awareness and Engagement

Divergent views on several issues vital to St. Lawrence County are presented in a variety of formats to help participants appreciate the past, understand the present, and prepare for the future. Topics include:

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Development and Entrepreneurism
  • Education and The Arts Environment
  • Government
  • Health & Public Safety Technology

Program Schedule

All sessions below will take place from 4 - 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted for special activities (such as tours)

Date Professional Growth & Leadership Development St. Lawrence County Topics Location
9/5/19 Leadership Introduction Arts SUNY Potsdam
10/3/19 Communications/Six Thinking Hats Government Issues (local & county); Media Canton IDA
11/7/19 Leading with Emotional Intelligence Business Issues (Industry, retail, manufacturing, small business/services, entrepreneurship) Massena Power Authority
12/5/19 Strengths based Leadership Education Issues (public/private schools, universities) BOCES Administrative Building
1/9/20 Leading Organizational Change Social Issues; Family & Community; Quality of Life Frederic Remington Museum
2/6/20 Leading Successful Teams and 360 Assessment Healthcare Issues Gouverneur Mine Tour & Meeting Room at Hospital
3/5/20 Conflict Resolution and Negotiations Justice Issues County Court House
4/2/20 Ethical Leadership Agriculture Agriculture Greenwood Farm with class/dinner at the Madrid Library
5/7/20 Reflections on Leadership, Civic Engagement Pathways; Presentations Environmental SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Wanakena
6/11/20 Graduation Presentations & Graduation SUNY Potsdam


Note: Sessions include various assignments and deliverables for participants.  Detailed information will be shared as it becomes available.