photo - 2016 Leadership Summit participants.

Leadership Summit Class of 2016: from left, front row: Program Administrator, Ronda Westhoff, Catherine Schaaf, Jason Makowsky, Stephanie Sweeney, Vickie Lewis, Erin Opsahl, Mindy Nicholds, Kate Clement, Ryan Huff, Kath Stang, CMC Consultant; From left, second row: Mike Clement, Christen Costa, Imane Deininger, Becky Haire, Kyle Spencer, Bill Wishowski, Janice Kurbjun, Rachel Lunney, Chris Carson. Not pictured: Jean Kramlich, Nick Dua, Sandy Metzger.

Leadership Summit Builds Awareness While Enhancing Leadership Skills

Summit County community members develop their leadership character and skills in CMC hosted collaborative program

Leadership Summit Logo.GOALS OF THE PROGRAM

Leadership Summit’s mission is to educate community and business leaders by providing experiences that will increase awareness, develop leadership skills and motivate participants to be actively engaged in Summit County. The program strives to:

  • Inform participants about the challenges and opportunities facing our community and to encourage solutions and collaboration.
  • Inspire leaders to become active in organization and community efforts that make Summit County a better place to work and live.
  • Challenge participants to increase their awareness about themselves and their community and to maximize their leadership potential.
  • Provide an opportunity to network with a variety of individuals to strengthen personal and organizational visibility.


Participants expect to gain enhanced communication skills, a spark in creativity, exposure to future business trends in Summit County and encouragement to think “outside the box.” They are exposed to:

  • An inclusive network of colleagues and resources
  • A broad understanding of Summit County issues and developments
  • A better sense of personal leadership potential and enhanced leadership skills
  • Current decision makers in stimulating community leadership positions

Employers and sponsoring organizations acquire:

  • Employees connected to a diverse network of dynamic leaders
  • Individuals with knowledge to discuss a variety of issues impacting Summit County
  • Staff energized and motivated to apply program information to organization situations
  • Leaders prepared to address issues
  • Recognition for community involvement


Applicants for the program must live or work in Summit County. Employed participants must have the support and commitment of their business or organization. Individuals representing a broad community spectrum will be accepted as members of Leadership Summit, Class of 2016. Applicants must have the ability to attend all sessions, barring extreme emergencies.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 22, 2016.

The program begins on Thursday, September 15.

Download the application (link below) or contact Ronda Westhoff, Program Administrator, at or 970-989-1320 for further information.

To apply to become a participant, download the Leadership Summit Application (pdf). Follow the instructions to submit your application.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2016


The September-through-May curriculum guides a selected group of diverse community professionals through a highly interactive series of cutting edge sessions on critical regional issues and leadership development. Sessions include leadership training and communication style workshops, leadership book reviews, site visits, panel discussions with local leaders and interactive topical challenges presented by local key decision makers. This is to inspire participants to address community challenges while providing opportunities to enhance self-awareness of leadership approaches.