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2017 Cascadia Leadership Program Accepting Applications now through November 14, 2016.

Cascadia Center for Leadership is gearing up for its 2017 10-day Leadership Development Program and this year the application deadline is Monday, November 14, 2016.

Through the program, participants will have an opportunity to hone their leadership and collaboration skills. The program is held in two-day sessions over the course of four months. The 2016 session dates are January 12 and 13; February 2 and 3; February 23 & 24; April 6 & 7, and April 27 and 28. 

Cascadia Center for Leadership, a program of the Humboldt Area Foundation, is managed by Mary Gelinas and Roger James, who also co-direct Gelinas-James, Inc., an international consulting and training firm. As a team they offer cutting- edge leadership concepts and tools to emerging and seasoned organizational and community leaders. They strive each year to reach new participants with an interest in collaborating effectively within and across organizations and sectors.


The 2017 program marks the 17th anniversary of Cascadia. More than 400 people have graduated from its leadership program during that time.

“Cascadia continues to provide a unique opportunity for leaders from all sectors to learn and grow together for the good of their organizations and the region as a whole, “Mary Gelinas said. “Roger and I feel privileged to work with each person who commits themselves to their development as a leader and contributing member of our North Coast community.”

Additional guest faculty members include Dr. Robert Maurer, director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at the Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital along with Heather Equinoss, an independent consultant with over 15 years of project management, meeting design and graphic facilitation and community engagement experience in public, nonprofit, private and community settings. 

The cost of the program is $1,850 per participant and includes all meals, materials, and tuition. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants and an application is required.

To apply please visit or call 707-442-2993. 

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