Testimonials

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

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

The ten rigorous months of Leadership Delaware sessions were truly eye-opening, leaving me with a better understanding of our state, and of my own abilities to make a difference. In the few short months since graduation, I am beginning to get a handle on the real impact of Leadership Delaware on my professional and personal life. Doors open a little more easily, and I have a built-in team of friends and colleagues that is beyond compare. The program was certainly a big investment of time and energy, but the time and energy invested by me, and in me, will be paying dividends for the rest of my life.

Brendan Cooke - Class of 2015 - General Director at OperaDelaware
Wilmington, DE

Leadership Delaware has far exceeded my expectations. It is a crash course on the most important issues, which this State faces and which will determine our quality of life for generations to come. This program exploded out of the gate (at the initial interview and the monthly sessions) and is a very interactive experience. It is not a passive program where there are a lot of "talking heads" that bore you with the obvious "history of Delaware". It is a "living classroom" in the topics of business, community engagement, economic development, health, politics, education, and the basics of respect, human dignity and the right relationships. It is also not a program for the faint of heart. LDI stretches and challenges you in unexpected ways and will take you out of your comfort zone. You will be challenged and compelled to test the premise upon which you operate, an absolute must for any leader!

Andy Staton - Class of 2010 - Real Estate Professional
Prudential Gallo REALTORS

Leadership Delaware provides a truly unique experience that is unmatched in the state of Delaware. The contributors to this program are an amazing collection of the most talented, experienced, and highly influential leaders within this state and nationally. The breadth and scope of discussion topics are vast and pervade the full spectrum of public policy, finance, law, and economic development. Most importantly, there is an emphasis on presenting all sides of an issue. Fellows of this program are challenged to leave their prejudices at home and examine issues critically. In addition, the camaraderie that is present is akin to an extended fraternity with an open forum for lively and spirited discussions. There is no doubt that every participant of Leadership Delaware will benefit from this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Dr. Vinay Maheshwari - Class of 2011 - Director, Medical Critical Care; Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy
Christiana Care Health Systems

The best part of the program was the group of individuals with whom I made the journey. So diverse and yet so compatible, we varied not only by race and gender, but by political persuasion, sexual orientation, geography, culture, career paths... The list goes on, but despite all these differences, one of the most valuable byproducts of the program is an open and free exchange of ideas. We were encouraged to keep open minds and to respect each other and each other's opinions. Leadership Delaware was a wonderful, enriching experience that will help me be a better citizen and a better Delawarean.

Nitin Rao - Class of 2010 - Director of Health Policy and Governmental Affairs
Medical Society of Delaware

I am always skeptical when a program promises what Leadership Delaware did -- to make me as knowledgeable as any state legislator in the inner workings of Delaware. I was delighted to find out that they fulfilled that promise and more. The information that Leadership Delaware shares is well worth the time and effort invested in the program, but the camaraderie between the Fellows is the most important aspect of the program. We have developed an incredible bond with one another, centered around improving our state and the World. Leadership Delaware is truly a gift to this community and I have had an awesome time being a part of it!

Dan Young - Class of 2011 - Assistant Professor
Wilmington University

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

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

For someone interested in continued self-improvement, growth opportunities, and leadership, Leadership Delaware has surpassed my expectations. After speaking with graduates before me, I expected to hear from Delaware's strongest leaders about the challenges of today, but what I did not expect was the influence my fellows would have on my personal growth and development. Each fellow brought their own perspectives, unique life experiences and strengths, which prompted discussions that challenged my own beliefs and to think outside of my proverbial box. I have participated in many organizations, but never one as intellectually diverse and stimulating as LDI. I have gained valuable insight into true leadership and recognize the importance of learning from those who think differently than I do. To be an effective leader you need to see the issues from many different perspectives, and Leadership Delaware has given me the lens through which to see the complexity of the issues we all face as Delawareans.

Paul Miller - Class of 2011 - Managing Director, Private Client Group
Longview Capital Management, LLC

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