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Leadership Intensive

What do the CEO of a global Maine-based company, a college art professor, the founder of a growing national engineering firm, a green furniture designer, and over 720 other leaders from numerous Maine organizations have in common? They are graduates of Lift360’s LEADERSHIP INTENSIVE.

About the program:
Lift360’s Leadership Intensive is an experience-based, skill development curriculum for managers and professionals of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The 14-day program spans 8 months from September to April. It includes an Outward Bound component in the beautiful Maine woods. The program also features a community project that implements learned tools and skills in a real issue facing our community.

The 25th class of the Leadership Intensive will be led by facilitator Laura Moorehead with guest leaders: Gary Stern, Carol Martin, and Outward Bound staff. This team of coaches, facilitators, and consultants teaches collaborative leadership, problem solving techniques, and complex change leadership. Graduates finish the program with new and highly relevant skills that advance their ability to effectively and significantly lead change in their organization and their communities. By increasing participants’ capacities as leaders and creating a network of skilled leaders, the Lift360 Leadership Intensive strengthens our communities and the fabric of our region.Leadership_Intensive_Circle

“To those in an organization without a formal leadership development program, or those with management-level programs only, the Leadership Intensive or Emerging Leaders is a wonderful way to invest in your up and coming people at all levels, or to round out senior level skills. Training and development is one of the most important methods of impacting employee engagement and retention.” –Elizabeth Ross-Holmstrom, Founder of BreakTogether, Xi Class ’06

“I see the Intensive as an opportunity not only for budding leaders who have already established themselves in Maine, but for new employees and new Mainers looking to get quickly networked into their community. Employers: when creating an offer letter for a promising new employee, consider bundling in a predetermined amount that encompasses their salary as well as an allotted amount for professional development and encourage them to apply for the Intensive. It allows not only for high-level leadership training for your new employee, but also the opportunity to very quickly network with other cross-sector Maine leaders.” -Carolyn Nishon, Executive Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Tau Class ’11


Congrats to the recent graduates of the Omega class!

Ali Al Mshakheel, MLC/ Portland Public Schools
Steve Alpren, Unum
Donna Betts, Family Hope
Marie Bridges, Northeast Delta Dental
Emily Bruce, L.L.Bean
Anne Carney, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
Jennifer Chace, Mountain Phoenix Community School
Daniel Cijiba, COCOMaine
Nick Cloutier, Spectrum Generations
Jan DiMauro, YMCA of Southern Maine
Mark Dolloff, ecomaine
Belinda Donovan, Ethos
Douglas Freeman, Acadia Insurance
Valerie Giguere, Underwood Engineers, Inc.
Patty Howells, The Telling Room
Melissa Hutchins, Town of Old Orchard Beach
Adam Kessler, The Nature Conservancy
Jane Lafleur, Lift360
MaryBeth Luce, RSU 21 School Board
Fiona Mason, Preble Street
Dinah Minot, Creative Portland
Francine Ngabu, COCOMaine
Henri N’koy-Bofumbo, COCOMaine
Nicholas Porto, Baker Newman & Noyes
Leah Puleio, Portland Symphony Orchestra
Heather Robinson, ON Semiconductor
Claude Rwaganje, Community Financial Literacy
Monica Sanders, United Way of Greater Portland
Aysha Sheikh, Maine Cancer Foundation
Sherri Stevens, Hannaford Supermarkets
Faith Sykes, WEX Inc.
Allison Watson, Maine Quality Counts
Dave Widener, Dead River Company
Valerie Young, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

“Lift360’s Leadership Intensive was a life-changing experience for me. It encouraged me to challenge long held beliefs, taught me the deep value of collaborative community efforts, and fostered a safe environment for deep introspection and sharing new insights with others. I highly recommend this program to anyone open to the challenge of becoming a better leader, and community member.” -Donna Betts, Founder of Family Hope, Omega Class ’17

“My Lift360 experience gave me the space and time to consider personal and professional possibilities and goals. Without the course, I doubt I would have taken the time to fully consider my future path.” – Omega Class Participant ’17

“Lift360 opened my eyes to the meaning and value of Collaborative Leadership. Through the monthly sessions, the reading, and my peers, I discovered more about what I have to offer and conversely what I gain from working with and through others. It was hugely empowering, and it was also really fun!” -Emily Bruce, Director of Digital Content Strategy at L.L.Bean, Omega Class ’17

Please see the full list of ICL Leadership Intensive Alumni and a list of their employers.

Lift360 Distinguished Alumni

2001   Robert Hasson, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, MSAD 51
2002   Mark Swann, Preble Street Resource Center
2003   Lucky Hollander, Cumberland County Child Abuse and Neglect Council at Youth Alternatives
2004   Nat Tupper, Yarmouth Town Manager
2005   Mike Dubyak, WEX
2006   Dr. Bud Higgins, Maine Medical Center
2007   Layne Gregory,  Boys to Men
2008   Scott Simons, Scott Simons Architects
2009   Anne Jackson and Rachel Armstrong, Community Volunteers
2010   Bruce Kidman and Tom Rumpf, The Nature Conservancy
2011    Lisa Letourneau, Quality Counts
2012   Meg Baxter, The Mitchell Institute
2013   Jeff Jordan, MRRA
2014   Pious Ali, City Council
2015   Craig Lapine, Cultivating Community
2016   Al Curran, Woodard & Curran
2017   Reza Jalali, University of Southern Maine