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Invest in Leadership

Your support will help foster leadership development in Washington County. 

Sharpening Your Leadership Skills

Through classroom learning and hands-on activities.

Building Relationships and Networks

among class participants, alumni, sponsors and other guests. 

Increasing Knowledge of Washington County

experience each community visited in a new light; acquire a deeper understanding of the county’s geographic and economic diversity.

About the Program

The Institute is a three-month experience combining classroom learning, interactive sessions, and hands-on experiences designed to enhance leadership skills, build personal networks, and strengthen knowledge of Washington County. Participants will learn from experts in their fields who have demonstrated success in communication, networking, strategic planning among others.

For someone who grew up in Washington County, after participating in the program I realized how much I was unaware of what goes on around me. The Institute has a great mix of facilitation and experiencing what is in Washington County. A lot of little gems in this county and very grateful to have been made aware.

Dustin Morse

Machias Savings Bank


What I appreciated most about the WCLI was the people – the ones in my cohort, who offered diverse perspectives of life in Washington County, and the people we learned from when exploring the county. I believe people are our greatest resource in Washington County, and the WCLI gave me the opportunity to connect with some incredible people who work hard in service to our communities.”

Sarah Woog

Executive Director of Washington County Consortium

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to participate in WCLI 2019. I looked forward to each and every session. I learned a tremendous amount about Washington County and the incredible assets in all of the communities.  Our group was cohesive, and we immediately created a safe and truthful environment for which to work within. I will miss our time together but am very confident we will continue to keep in touch and support one another.”

Hadley Friedman

Owner of Sally Ann's Cafe' and Market

Providing insight, understanding, and inspiration.

Washington County Leadership Institute

Sunrise County Economic Council
7 Ames Way
Machias, ME 04654

Call Us:

(207) 255-0983