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                            "Leadership Main Line"
                                by Dana Riker Jackson

I am happy to share the good news that one of my newest clients is The Main Line Chamber of Commerce.  They have contracted with me to facilitate The Leadership Main Line Program.  The reason I am using my newsletter list to inform you is because it is a great opportunity to go through an outstanding Leadership program that has a stellar reputation and get to see me in action as well.

In addition, this program is an excellent opportunity for Non-Profits, as we are seeking Non-Profits who could use assistance in completing a project that maybe has been on hold due to lack of resources, especially people resources, that if implemented could really grow your impact or help your sustainability.

I am including information on both opportunities in this newsletter, starting with what the Leadership Main Line Program is all about.  Please reach out to me or go to for the applications to participate.  Do not delay though, because the start of this program will be here before we know it!!!
To companies and organizations interested in developing leaders:
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce is reserving spots in the 2017 class of Leadership Main Line. The program is perhaps best described by some of its 2016 participants:
“Leadership Main Line provided insights into best practices from a variety of industries that I can bring back to help my company.”
Molly Bogan, Head of Compensation, Hartford Funds
“The exposure to different abilities and training is great and I was able to try work I’m not specifically trained in.”
Jason Reiser, General Counsel and Vice President, eMoney Advisor
“I feel rejuvenated on how I want to personally approach my leadership style.”
John Schwarz, Vice President, Administration, Main Line Health
The 16 women and 9 men who went through the program this year were inspired by regional business leaders, including CEOs of major nonprofits. They learned about the community, were exposed to a variety of leadership styles and concepts, and collaborated on an impactful project for a local nonprofit.
The 2017 class has limited space availability. Please contact Main Line Chamber Leadership Main Line Coordinator Meg Maurer at or Consultdana@ to reserve spots for your company. Each company will be limited to two slots per cohort. A second class may be added in 2017, starting in September.

2017 Schedule
Day programs are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16. Graduation will be held at lunchtime on June 22. 
Evening sessions devoted to class project work are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 11and June 8. 
2017 Rates
Rates are unchanged in 2017 at $3,000 for a standard-level Main Line Chamber of Commerce member. Gold Level members receive a $300 discount per person.
Application Process
Companies with applicants are encouraged to register their applicant by Dec. 20 to ensure a spot in the program.
Two references and an interview with Steering Committee members and the program facilitator are currently being scheduled through December.
People and Place
Leadership Main Line will accept 25 executives at vice president, director and manager levels, providing leadership development through a nonprofit lens. The program is hosted at iconic locations on the Main Line and in Philadelphia.

Now for the Non-Profit Opportunity!
Attention Nonprofit Leaders:                                                              
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the launch of the Leadership Main Line (LML) Class of 2017. LML is a six month executive development program in which leaders from area organizations hone their leadership skills with a particular focus on non-profit board service.  Participants dedicate time during the program to work on a project for an area non-profit. The project experience contributes to an area non-profit and enables the class members to create a rewarding legacy for themselves and their companies/organizations. In addition, the LML program gives class members rewarding opportunities to make connections with the region and the people who help power it.
We invite you to be a part of the growth experience for the 2017 Class as it takes on a community project that directly impacts the Main Line. Community projects have been completed by each LML class for the past ten years, directly impacting the Main Line as these projects benefit both the non-profit organization and also enable class members to develop and apply their leadership skills.  The Class of 2017 is currently accepting applications for projects from nonprofits that provide services in the region.  A project will be selected from those submitted for consideration by the LML 2017 Class. This is an excellent opportunity. To apply, select a project that falls into one or more of the following categories: 
  • Addresses an unmet need on the Main Line
  • Will resolve an issue that will help your organization  more fully realize its vision as an organization
  • Enables your non-profit to launch a program that will positively impact the Main Line 
Projects will be selected for presentation to the class, which decides which project to undertake. Projects must be deemed large enough to tap the collective expertise of the class and must be able to be completed in a February-to-June time frame. To have your project considered, please contact me for the LML Community Project Application or  Meg Maurer via email at  Feel free to contact Meg with any questions at 484-253-1107.

All projects submitted by non-profits are expected to meet the following project guidelines. Your organization will: 
  1. Be a registered 501c3
  2. Be a Member of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce in good standing.
  3. Present a project that is aligned with your strategic goals and does not encompass fundraising of any kind.
  4. Have your organization’s CEO submit the project idea.
  5. Submit a project in which all work by the class will be able to be completed by June 1, 2017.
  6. Give permission to the Main Line Chamber of Commerce to publicize the class project.
  7. If selected as one of the finalists, the CEO of your organization will be expected to :
    1. Come to present the project idea it to the LML class on January 17, 2017 between 1-4 pm.
  8. If selected as the 2017 class project, the CEO of your organization will be asked to :
    1. Meet with LML class representatives to discuss the project framework and components.
    2. Invite representatives of Leadership Main Line to meet with your board of directors or key board members in May or June. At this meeting, members of the LML Class of 2017 will make the final project presentation to the board, with implementation to follow.
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please let me know as soon as you can!

Hope you are taking some time to enjoy this Holiday Season!

Yours with Trust,


Dana Riker Jackson
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