Forging relationships with the most pivotal and up-and-coming leaders in our community, and exploring complex issues from both sides, has given me a greater understanding of both, the similarities, and the differences among all of us who want Delaware to be the best for our children, and their future. More empowered and energized, I look forward to working with my new friends and taking on a new leadership role within our GREAT state!

Martha Sturtevant - Class of 2009

Leadership Delaware has connected me to a community of talented individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs who all share a common goal - making Delaware great. In short, Leadership Delaware turns ideas into actions and questions into answers. The program has provided me a front row seat to speakers from all areas of business, government, and nonprofits. The year-long program has been an investment in realizing my full potential, understanding the challenges ahead, and establishing relationships that will extend far beyond graduation.

CR McLeod - Class of 2011 - Chief Community Relations Officer
Dept Of State Delaware

As a Leadership Delaware Fellow I am enormously grateful for the opportunity to learn from the leading decision makers in our state. Our speakers are engaging experts in their field who encourage a candid and fascinating exchange of ideas with the Fellows. We discuss a wide range of public policy issues ranging from education, economic development, healthcare, environment, immigration and the state budget. Thankfully, many of the Fellows approach these issues from differing perspectives, which can create spirited discussions. Leadership Delaware is an excellent resource for those of us who are determined to make significant improvements to Delaware. Although some of the Fellows will implement their changes in Legislative Hall, I believe all of the Fellows will make significant improvements to Delaware by better leading their organizations as a result of the experience from Leadership Delaware.

Matthew Terrell - Class of 2010 - Founder, Partner & Adjunct Professor
Vision Creations, Signature Group & University of Delaware

Leadership Delaware has been an eye opening experience on the complexities of issues that we face in Delaware. Direct access to leaders and policy makers that make a difference in our lives, has made this program truly unique. The breadth of topics and varying points of view, allow you to expanded and challenge your preconceived ideas and opinions. The network of fellows past and present along with the members of the board, make this program a lifelong experience. Leadership Delaware is the powerful vehicle for the development of leadership skills in service to the public, private, and non-profit sectors of the Delaware community.

Tom Bain - Class of 2011 - Project Manager
Ronald M. Coffin General Contractors

Being a part of Leadership Delaware is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. As a Delaware native having learned about Delaware history in elementary school and at the university level, nothing comes close to the education I have received on Delaware in the few short months I have been a part of this program. The speakers we are exposed to on a monthly basis are the best of the best in Delaware. The program makes you look at the progress Delaware has made in its history and leaves you challenged to find new ways to improve on its future politically, professionally, and through active volunteerism.

Andy Cherry - Class of 2010 - Progect Manager

There is no other program that I know of that would grant me the access and ability to learn from such a diverse group of people. The people and ideas that I have been exposed to have shown me that there is an incredible amount of possibility and opportunity for Delaware. Leadership Delaware has motivated me even more to want to help our State prosper and grow.

Kendall Massett - Class of 2010 - Executive Director
Delaware Charter School Network

Despite seemingly high goals for the program, Leadership Delaware under promised and over delivered! This experience exceeded my highest expectations. The quality of speakers, the breadth of their topics, and their history of service to our state gives a solid foundation for anyone who wants to make a difference. Add to that the commitment, drive, and dedication of the Fellows and you've got a program that helps future civic, business, and political leaders as they too embark on their journey of service to Delaware.

Lincoln Willis - Class of 2009 - Executive Manager
Willis Automotive of Middletown

My experience with Leadership Delaware has been second to none. The program has allowed me to refine my leadership skills as well as giving me the opportunity to learn about the state of Delaware from a vast amount of perspectives. LDI has also afforded me the opportunity to gain an inside look into not only how the state works but also why it is so. I have never seen another program like this that would offer such breadth and depth of knowledge about leadership and the workings of a state. The other invaluable aspect of LDI is the vast array of networking opportunities. Whether it is through the array of past and current fellows or through the variety of speakers and board members, Leadership Delaware truly gives up-and-coming leaders throughout the state the opportunity to come, learn, develop, and make an impactful, sustainable difference in Delaware.

Matt Wilson - Class of 2013 - Assistant Professor & Department Chair
Wilmington University

This has been an experience that has shaped who I am, and my future. My personal and professional growth has far surpassed the expectations I had for myself. LDI is committed to developing leaders of the future, and building a stronger state. This program is making a positive impact in Delaware, and I'm proud to be a Leadership Delaware fellow.

John Pierson - Class of 2012 - Director of Annual Giving
YMCA of Delaware

When was the last time you had goose bumps imagining your potential? The answer is - every Leadership Delaware session. To participate in Leadership Delaware is to have your eyes opened to the inner workings of the First State. The breadth and depth of topics covered is amazing and the caliber of speakers is fantastic. While my level of pride in our great state has increased, my level of frustration and disappointment in its current condition has as well. It is true that knowledge is a key element and motivator of leadership - the program has lit a fire in each of us to make a difference. There are many roads in life, which we travel, but Leadership Delaware has been the speedway to our future leadership roles.

Bianca Fraser-Johnson - Class of 2010 - Senior Vice President
Bank of America





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