Leadership Delaware Class of 2018
We will begin recruitment of our new Class of 2018 in August 2017, and the final selection and invitations to join our 2018 program will occur in mid-November 2017.
Young leaders, ideally aged 28 to 38, will be recruited from throughout Delaware, without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or political persuasion.
Leadership Delaware, Inc. is open to all who work in Delaware and/or have their “roots” in Delaware. Participants are selected based on ability, demonstrated leadership, and a keen interest in their community, with a commitment to “making a difference.”  The application process is to ensure an outstanding class consisting of members from diverse backgrounds, experiences and geographical locations. Approximately 24-27 participants are chosen annually.
For anyone who may be interested in learning more and perhaps applying to become a Fellow in our next class, below is some information about our Leadership Delaware program - content, intensity, expectations, cost, and commitment.
The first step is attending one of our five Candidate Receptions.
New Castle County Candidate Receptions
Thursday, August 17, 6-8:00 PM (COMPLETED)
Tuesday, August 296-8:00 PM (COMPLETED)
Saturday, September 1610-12:00 PM (COMPLETED)
Wednesday, September 276-8:00 PM (COMPLETED)
(NCC Receptions will be held in Centreville, DE.  Directions will be provided after you RSVP)
Sussex & Kent County Candidate Reception
Thursday, September 216-8:00 PM, Abbott’s Grill (COMPLETED)
Your attendance at one of these events is mandatory, but it will not be at all painful! The Candidate Receptions are free, and food and beverages will be provided. But, the highlight of each evening will be your opportunity to meet and talk with our Board Members, Fellows of our current class, and with many of our graduate Fellows, and what we will expect from you.
During this crisp, informative, fun program, you will hear from several of our Board Members and Fellows who will help you gain an understanding of the depth, breadth, and intensity of our program, and what you as a Fellow can expect.
The number of prospective applicants who can be accommodated at each Candidate Reception is limited. Therefore, you are urged to RSVP to us soonest with your preferred date of attendance. Please email Lora Matteis, Executive Assistant to the Chairman & CEO, at
The Program consists of a Joint Fellows’ Reception, a Saturday Orientation session, and mandatory two-day sessions each month, for ten months (February – November), typically the first Thursday and Friday of the month, from 7:45AM - 8:45PM on Thursday and 7:45AM - 5:45PM on Friday. Sessions will be conducted in all three counties, but will be held primarily in New Castle County corporate and professional boardrooms. Elective events will be available. Spouses and significant others are not included in sessions, but are often invited to elective events.
Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the Program.  Absence from more than one full session, 23 hours (or the accumulation of partial sessions which add up to 23 hours) will make the participant ineligible to graduate, and he/she will be excused from the Program.
Fellows are also required to complete several small group research projects over the course of the year. Research may include reading books, interviews, or other formats which will require additional time outside of the class schedule. As with all worthwhile endeavors, this Program requires a definite commitment of time from each participant. Failure by a Fellow to fully participant in all three group research projects will result in that Fellow’s dismissal from the Program.
Tuition for our 2018 program will be $5,000.
Application Process
If, after attending a Candidate Reception, you are interested in applying, you must complete an application.  Applications will not be reviewed until after you have attended a Candidate Reception. (ALL CANDIDATE RECEPTIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED)
Please begin your online application below.  OR, click on the links below to download the word version of our application and Applicant Statement page.  If you choose to complete the word version, you must email it to Lora Matteis upon completion. 
Along with your application you must also submit to Ms. Matteis:
1. A headshot
2. Two letters of reference
3. Applicant Statement page, which must be signed by both you and your employer
Completed applications will be reviewed and evaluated, receipt acknowledged, and interviews set at the sole discretion of Leadership Delaware.
Tuesday, October 10, 6-8:30 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 6-8:30 PM
Thursday, October 26, 6-8:30 PM
Saturday, November 11, 1-3:30 PM
If you have any interest or even curiosity about Leadership Delaware, and might consider applying we urge you to take every opportunity to speak with our current and graduate Fellows, Board Members, and any of our many speakers.
Thank you for your interest in Leadership Delaware.
Please click BELOW to download our application and Applicant Statement page.
2018 LDI Application
2018 Applicant Statement

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