Community Leadership Institute 2021

January 7th – June 24th

The Community Leadership Institute is the core program of our organization. This program is presented once each year, from January to June. Participants are exposed to community leaders invited to discuss such topics as healthcare, diversity, the environment, the Cape Cod economy, the legal system, the arts, Cape Cod government, and education. Participants will also complete a community service project before a commencement ceremony.

You’re Invited to Join the Community Leadership Institute!

Leadership Cape Cod, focusing on its mission to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders for the Cape Cod region, announces that applications are now open for the CLI Class of 2021.

CLI (more formally known as the Community Leadership Institute) has been engaging, inspiring, and developing leaders through an interactive program connecting current and future leaders to discuss the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the Cape Cod region for 28 years.

The program focuses on eleven key areas of life on the Cape including, but not limited to: the Economy, Arts, Health Care, Environment, Social Services, Legal, Government, and Education.

Participants will gain access to local leaders working to solve the region’s most pressing issues. The program features 12 sessions from January to June concluding with a commencement ceremony.

Additionally, instructional modules on key leadership characteristics will supplement the sessions. Topics will include communication, managing change, creating an innovative environment, decision making, negotiating, team building, delegating, and strategic planning.

Depending on the number of participants, the guidelines in place for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and with a focus on safety, health, and wellness; sessions will be in person, online, or in a hybrid format.

The application can be found below, or at

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 11th, 2020.

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Our program dives deep into issues facing the Cape. Speakers come from diverse backgrounds including healthcare, environmental protection, Cape economy, and education.


A long-lasting aspect of the Leadership program is the development of networking skills and expansion of existing contacts. Graduates can network with each other, participating Community Leaders, and CLI alumni to facilitate better understanding and resolution of community problems on Cape Cod and the Islands.


In addition to the classroom element of the Leadership program, classes are divided into smaller project teams. Each group, functioning as a team, must identify, develop, and complete a Community Oriented Project. The project should be ‘community’ in nature, and have as its goal to improve the community in some fashion. A requirement of graduation is the final team presentation of their project process and project completion.

“The program forced me out of my regular networking bubble to discover a great group of like-minded professionals throughout the Cape who shared an interest in the betterment of their community. A rewarding experience!”


The cost to attend is $795.00. Payment prior to November 15th, 2020 will result in an early-bird savings of 10%.

Applications close December 1, 2020.

In addition to the tuition and funds raised from the community, employers of the class participants contribute the time required away from work to complete the Leadership Cape Cod Program. This is recognized as a considerable investment in the community by responsible Cape Cod businesses and agencies.


The 2021 program will begin with an Orientation on January 6th, 2021. The first class, with a focus on leadership, will meet on January 7th, 2021. The program meets every other Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The full schedule is as follows:

January 6, 2021Orientation

January 7, 2021Leadership

January 21, 2021Hospitality and Tourism

February 4, 2021Economic Development

February 18, 2021Healthcare

March 4, 2021Education

March 18, 2021Civic Engagement

April 1, 2021Government

April 15, 2021Social Services

April 29, 2021Media

May 13, 2021 Environment

May 27, 2021 – Arts

June 10, 2021Customized Session (TBD)

June 24, 2021 Commencement