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The Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) was launched in 2018 as a partnership between Leadership Mohawk Valley (LMV) and Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). This joint effort blends the expertise, programs, and resources into an innovative and high impact center to address the region’s need for effective, equipped, and engaged community leaders. By uniting discrete community efforts into a unified Center for Leadership Excellence, this transformative project increases the impact of each partner organization’s programs from isolated cohorts to a robust, multi-strand powerhouse of leadership trainings that serves a diverse group of constituents – women, minorities, small business managers, and more – annually. Each year, CLE works with over 200 participants in its adult and youth leadership programs initiatives including Leadership Mohawk Valley, Leadership Academy, Supervisors Institute, Finish Strong for Youth, Disruption Dialogues and Neighborhoods Rising and Board Leadership. 

Supporting & Transforming Leaders in the Mohawk Valley

Our Mission

CONNECT. LEAD. INSPIRE.

Our mission is to connect and inspire people to work together, take action and develop the leader that exists within each of us.  

Our Vision

Our vision is an abundance of diverse civic leaders in the Mohawk Valley who are equipped and motivated to create positive change in our community.

Our Values

Growth

We are committed to the belief that, throughout any stage of life, we are able to grow, learn and be inspired. We are not afraid to open our minds to new ideas and perspectives that will broaden our understanding of ourselves, of the community we live in and of the businesses, schools and offices where we work. We value new skills, new relationships and new experiences that develop us as more impactful leaders. We know that when we personally grow, it will better equip us to tackle the most pressing community challenges. 

Community

We are committed to developing empathetic leaders who value personal connection and human-centered solutions. We value the Mohawk Valley’s diversity and strive to be inclusive across all programs. We recognize that the most effective leaders are able at work across cultures and engage people with different views in the spirit of collaboration. We believe that there is an infinite amount of resources that can be used to address the needs and potential in our community. 

Collaboration

We know that together we can achieve more. We treat each other with respect, foster dialogue and celebrate diverse perspectives. We believe that there is role for each of us to play, and that when passionate leaders work together in these roles, positive change is more likely to occur. We are happiest when we are working towards a shared vision and developing linkages between people, leaders, and resources.

Awareness

We believe that in order for great leaders to engage in community-driven solutions, they must be acutely self-aware of their own strengths and goals. We strive to enlighten leaders about where they can add unique value because when this happens, a leader is not just informed, but ready to take action. 


Our Staff

Kristen Skobla

Director

skobla315-792-5321
kskobla@mvcc.edu

Elyssa Arnone-Earl

Coordinator

earl315-731-5732
earnone-earl@mvcc.edu


Our Board of Directors

Matthew Briggs

President

Insurance Office of America

LMV Class of 2012, Class Representative

Jessica Watson

Vice President

Central Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI)

LMV Class of 2016

Jo-Anne Ricci

Treasurer

GPO Federal Credit Union

LMV Class of 2002

John Matthews

Executive Officer

Northland Communications

LMV Class of 2008

Gina Dier

Secretary

ICAN

LMV Class of 2016

David Casullo

Daneli Partners / Overlook Ridge

Christopher Dovi

First Source Federal Credit Union

LMV Class of 2012

Brant Ford

Ford English Financial Group

LMV Class of 2016

Jennifer Hagen

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways 

LMV Class of 2014 

Sarah Lam

Mohawk Valley Community College

LMV Class of 2012

 

Michael Geer

Eastern Air Defense Sector

LMV Class of 2016

Kyle Strife

Nelson & Strife Financial Group

LMV Class of 2012