Leadership Flathead recognizes the pivotal role of effective leadership in securing the future growth and prosperity of the Flathead Valley. By imparting knowledge on relevant civic issues to emerging and current leaders and providing them with opportunities to engage with local leaders and decision-makers through panels and discussions, members of the Leadership Flathead class foster relationships that contribute to a more robust community.

Initiated by the Discover Kalispell Chamber in 1991, Leadership Flathead has seen over 950 participants from more than 225 businesses and organizations. Many of these leaders continue to reside in our valley, actively enhancing our community through various leadership roles in government, committees, non-profit boards, and service projects. The enduring connections established during Leadership Flathead persist, with a dedicated alumni foundation sustaining these relationships and propelling the program’s growth each year.

This comprehensive two-year leadership development program encompasses diverse skills-building and community awareness initiatives, challenging participants across numerous industries. The first year involves a developmental retreat and a thorough exploration of our community through nine one-day sessions, each dedicated to a different facet of our community. Classes benefit from insights shared by local leaders, engage in unique tours, and cultivate their leadership skills through presentations and group activities. In the second year, participants contribute to strengthening community ties by assisting in coordinating session days for the next class and are encouraged to take on leadership roles in local organizations of interest. This allows them to apply the acquired skills and knowledge to enhance the shared community we all cherish.

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For more information on the program, please contact Lorraine Clarno, at (406) 758-2804 or [email protected].


“I cannot speak highly enough about Leadership Flathead. The program has broadened my understanding of the challenges facing our community as well as highlighted incredibly innovative businesses and talented individuals right here in the Flathead Valley! I’ve discovered a lot about myself and my ability to grow as a leader. Joining Leadership Flathead is by far the best decision I have made in my professional career that has also benefited me as a person in countless ways.”

– Britta Joy, SpringHill Suites by Marriott

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