Leadership Susquehanna Valley

About LSV

About the Program



Leadership Susquehanna Valley is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation that provides leadership programs to educate and motivate a diverse group of citizens for effective community and organizational leadership.  The organization is driven by an all-volunteer board of directors, and contracts with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce for professional management services.

The Leadership program schedule consists of:

  • a two-hour orientation in August

  • a one-and-a-half day retreat in September

  • eight full-day programs October to May

  • graduation ceremony in June

The class elects:

  • a class representative who speaks at the graduation ceremony and serves on the LSV Board of Directors

  • a social liaison who keeps the class connected through special events;

  • an ambassador who represents the class to the community

A quarterly, electronic newsletter is sent to LSV alumni containing news from the current class, as well as alumni activities and volunteer opportunities.

Above all, the Leadership Susquehanna Valley program aims to help class members to discover the issues that ignite their passion, and inspire them to take effective and positive action to improve the quality of life in the Susquehanna Valley.

Our active learning program begins with a one-and-a-half day retreat, followed by eight monthly, day-long sessions including numerous field trips, group projects and other practical experiences. Program days are interactive, often fascinating and sometimes intense.  Participants are expected to attend each of the program days and to contribute consistently to the work of the group.


A half-day meeting in August where new class members meet each other, meet the LSV Board of Directors, and learn what to expect from the program.  Each class member has his or her photo taken for use in an electronic class directory and class binders are distributed.


During the overnight class retreat in September, the class immerses itself in team building, leadership and problem-solving, and examines the institutions and organizations that make their communities tick.

Program Days

  • Communications/Public Relations

  • Education

  • Health & Human Services

  • Economic & Workforce Development

  • Local Government

  • Community & Human Services Day

  • Agriculture/Natural Resources

  • Tourism/Recreation

From October to May, the group develops knowledge and informed points of view on key issues and trends in their communities.