Lead Morris teaches business professionals about the opportunities, the challenges, the institutions and the people of Morris County. The program is designed for recognized leaders and for those professionals identified for future leadership responsibilities, whose business acumen and community consciousness will make a difference in Morris County.
Community Education - Each month the class is immersed in a different content area to learn about the issues and meet the “players” in decision making positions. Sessions are held “in the field” throughout Morris County, giving class members first-hand exposure to the subject matter and broadening their understanding of the geographic, economic and cultural diversity of the area. Participants are introduced to the people who are making things happen, and themselves join the network of those individuals who will shape the future of Morris County.
Professional Development - In addition to the issue of education, participants are provided with opportunities to polish skills in public speaking, collaborative teamwork, and leadership development. Lead Morris is an ideal program for business executives and leaders new to the area who will have an opportunity to learn more about the community and how Morris County differentiates itself as a place to live, work, play and serve the community.
Community Trusteeship - Class members are exposed to the contribution of nonprofit service organizations in Morris County and gain important insights into the responsibilities and rewards of community board service. Graduates are encouraged to pursue service in elected, appointed and volunteer roles.
Business Networking - Over the course of the year, participants make strong connections with their classmates – other business professionals in the Morris County area. The networking benefits of the Lead Morris experience extend far beyond the program year, as graduates take advantage of membership in the Lead Morris Alumni Association.
Approximately 30 individuals are selected to comprise each Leadership Morris Class each year.
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GENERAL PROGRAM STRUCTURE
JAN / FEB | Opening Retreat
Connect with classmates and get an overview of the year ahead plus meet key people in the alumni association.
FEB | Municipal Day
Meet with several local mayors and our county commissioners who manage the county's $300 million+ budget.
MAR | Criminal Justice Day
Learn about the county’s criminal justice system; tour Morris County’s jail and meet our County Sheriff and Prosecutor.
APR | Healthcare Day
Visit Morris County’s premiere hospitals and meet with senior managers to learn about the intricacies of hospital operation.
MAY | Picatinny Arsenal Day
Tour the arsenal, our county's largest employer, and meet the command staff.
JUN | State Government Day
Travel to Trenton for a personal tour of our state capitol and meetings with elected officials.
JUL/AUG | Nonprofit Serve Volunteer Day
SEP | Environment Day
Visit a few of Morris County environmental treasures, including Pyramid Mountain and the Great Swamp, plus a discussion about environmental challenges in the county.
OCT | Corporate Leadership Day
NOV | Education Day
Visit the County College of Morris and various school districts to meet with their leadership teams and learn how these schools stay cutting edge in education and how education is the strength of Morris County and benefits the business community.
NOV / DEC | Graduation Cocktail Reception & Dinner
Class celebrates completing the year-long program with a graduation ceremony and dinner.
The Power of Connection! Your membership connects you to valuable resources, opportunities for business growth and rewarding relationships with members across the region, in-person and virtually. And you don't need to be based in Morris County to join! Your membership investment provides a stable foundation that enables us to serve the people who power Morris County's businesses and community.
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