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Letter from the Co-Presidents

Dear Leadership Council SMC Community,

We are energized by all that is going on at Leadership Council SMC.

We are in the midst of recruiting for the 2024-2025 Emerging Leaders and Leadership CORPS Programs. With only a few short weeks to go before the May 1 deadline, applications to date have surpassed the number of submissions as of this date last year. If you are thinking about applying, consider attending our last Information Session on Wednesday, April 24, from 8 to 9 am via Zoom (more details below). There's one application for either program, and it takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Send yours in today!

April is Climate Resiliency Month in our Immersion Programs. With the awe-inspiring solar eclipse just behind us and the celebration of Earth Day a few days away, we're reminded of how important it is for leaders to set the tone when it comes to managing risks, advancing climate change initiatives, and addressing inequities of weather-related impacts. We are uplifted when we see the dedication and commitments that our Emerging Leaders and Leadership CORPS participants bring to Learning Days — it truly inspires us in our work.

On April 26 and 27, we will host "When Everyone Leads," an innovative, professional leadership development workshop designed for our elected leaders in San Mateo County. We'll share more about it in our next newsletter.

Our Alumni Advisory Council continues to impress us with their enthusiasm and energy. They are dedicated to helping graduates nurture the powerful professional relationships developed while in class. In this newsletter the Council's "Alumni to Alumni" message provides details about the Future Leaders Fund. If you are a graduate of Leadership CORPS or Emerging Leaders and interested in joining the Alumni Advisory Council, please email us at info@leadershipcouncilsmc.org.

Leading together,

Kaarin Hardy and Margi Power

Leadership Council SMC Co-Presidents

Emerging Leaders and Leadership CORPS

Applications Open for the Class of 2025

Calling All Leaders in San Mateo County

The May 1 application deadline for our Leadership Immersion Programs Class of 2025 is quickly approaching!

Our immersive, nine-month programs are transformative professional development:

Which Program Is Right for You?

Our last one-hour, virtual Information Session is Wednesday, April 24, 8 - 9 a.m. via Zoom. We'll give you all the details you need to determine which program is right for you. You'll hear from members of the Leadership Council SMC team and alumni about their experiences and there will be time for questions. Register today!

Info Session: April 24, 8 - 9 am

Program Information on Our Website

Our website has easy-to-read information about our Leadership Immersion Programs. You'll find program content, goals, topics covered, and the Learning Day calendar for 2024 - 2025. Our Events and News pages provide insights into the Leadership Council SMC experience.

Nominate Someone to the Class of 2025

If you know someone whom you think would benefit from our programs, please use this Nomination Form to tell us. A member of the Leadership Council SMC team will reach out to your nominee to let them know they've been nominated and to share program and application information with them.

Application Deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Please email info@leadershipcouncilsmc.org with any questions.

Apply to the Class of 2025!

Upcoming Event

2024 LeadingBetter Summit

May 22, 2024

2024 LeadingBetter Summit

Leadership Council SMC is partnering with Leadership Louisville Center to offer our community virtual attendance to the 2024 LeadingBetter Summit at a discounted rate. The event will feature national and global thought leaders, including:

  • Daniel Roth, LinkedIn VP & Editor-in-Chief
  • Shanterra McBride & Rosalind Wiseman, of "Mean Girls" fame, co-authors of Courageous Discomfort
  • Matt Abrahams, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Host of Think Fast, Talk Smart Podcast
  • Kim Scott, Podcaster and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

... and many more.

Date & Time: May 22, 2024, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Tickets: The discounted, virtual ticket price for the Leadership Council SMC Community is $95 when you register using the code SMC200, a discount of $200. (Leadership Council SMC will earn a portion of each ticket purchased using this code.)

Additional speakers continue to be added to the program. Please check 2024 LeadingBetter Summit for the most up-to-date information.

Register for 2024 LeadingBetter Summit

Community Connections

Impact Story

Making a Difference for SMC Youth

Nicole Davis is changing the lives of youth in San Mateo County. She is the Founder and CEO of Fortitude Careers and a member of the Leadership CORPS Class of 2024. Nicole's participation in CORPS is inspiring her to expand the possibilities for Fortitude Careers in new and exciting ways.

Full Story on Our News Page

Alumni to Alumni -- A Message

Dear Alumni,

When we think back to our participation in the Emerging Leaders and Leadership CORPS Programs, we are reminded of the many ways that those powerful experiences changed and connected us. That's why we're very excited about the new Future Leaders Fund, a fund we started to help ensure that Leadership Council SMC programs are accessible to all individuals in San Mateo County who aspire to lead.

Please give to the Future Leaders Fund today. We are striving for 100% participation. The suggested donation is $100, but your support at any level is incredibly important to ensuring others have access to Leadership Council SMC Immersion Programs, just as we did.

And your donation today is doubly impactful thanks to a generous matching gift from the Gilead Foundation. Our campaign deadline is June 30, 2024, but if you donate by May 31, your contribution will be included in the total announced at the Class of 2024 Graduation on Saturday, June 1!

Thank you to the 15 donors who have made contributions to the Future Leaders Fund of $3,650 as of Tuesday, April 9.

Please help us get to 100% participation! Donate through Leadership Council SMC's website: Select the box for Future Leaders Fund.

Donate to Future Leaders Fund

Thank you!

Your Alumni Advisory Council

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