While I was a bit hesitant initially about the time commitment and work involved, I am very glad to be a part of something so exciting in Delaware. It has been a great learning experience with exposure to so many wonderful speakers. I have been able to learn about so many aspects of Delaware I never would have known if not for this program. As a business owner, I have been able to grow my network and knowledge base. It was easily one of the best decisions I have made since I have been in Delaware.

Samantha Diedrick - Class of 2010 - President & Owner
Secretariat - Wedding & Event Planning

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

Leadership Delaware has proven to be one of the best educational programs I have ever participated in. The quality of speakers, the camaraderie among the course fellows and the content of the program have been fantastic. It has been a true privilege to be involved with such a great group. I have developed friendships outside of my general sphere of influence and have also gained a tremendous amount of knowledge into the inner workings of the First State. The Strine's have done a fantastic job with the organization of the course and the State of Delaware as a whole is lucky that they have chosen to dedicate their time and influence to building young leaders in our State.

Casey Kenton - Class of 2009 - Regional Manager
Investors Realty

As a newcomer to the First State, I feel privileged to be a Leadership Delaware fellow. The program has given me an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our state and challenged me to use my experience and resources to become engaged in its future. I am grateful for the speakers who dedicate their time to Leadership Delaware, for the relationships I've forged with fellows and board members and for the overall program that has rigorously prepared me to be a leader in my community.

Ranie Good - Class of 2011 - Owner & Marketing Strategist
Strategic Goods

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

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

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

Leadership Delaware has been an opportunity that will forever be one of the defining moments of my life. The speakers have challenged my core thoughts and beliefs, and they have inspired a higher expectation of what I hope to accomplish in my life. Equally as important, the program has provided me with an influential network of people who go out of their way to help and encourage my growth as a leader. The most valuable and long lasting component of the program is the relationship I have developed with the other fellows in the program. These people are no longer just fellows in the program with me, but they each are now a close friend as well. I cannot help but feel as if the door has just been opened.

Jason Adkins - Class of 2010 - 2l
Widener School of Law

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





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