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Leadership Duluth is a comprehensive 10-month leadership development program by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce that aims to unite, engage, and empower leaders to foster change within their workplace and community.

Throughout the program, participants examine core leadership competencies, learn about Duluth’s cultural and business history, and discuss current issues facing the region. As a result, participants grow to understand the elements of a strong community and how their leadership can create opportunities within a business and cultivate a robust economy.

More than 1,500 area professionals have completed the Leadership Duluth program since its first graduating class in 1988.

Applications for Leadership Duluth 2024 are now closed. Please stay tuned here for information on the 2024-2025 class; applications will open again May 2024.

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Program Structure

Leadership Duluth is a 10-month program composed of a series of tactical and educational courses that bring together local voices from various economic sectors to examine the leadership competencies necessary to drive business forward in the Duluth market.

Orientation: September 2023

Sessions:  One full day of learning each month from September to June.

Graduation: June 2024

Leadership Duluth member meeting

Session Overview

Each session will incorporate the following elements:

Presentations from local leaders of various sectors,
Candid group conversation, and
An examination of applied leadership competencies:

  • Situational Ethics
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Organizational Skills
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Leadership Styles
  • Relationship Building
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Courageous Conversations
Leadership Duluth learning about Duluth's History


Graduates of Leadership Duluth exercise new critical thinking skills that bring heightened value to their workplace.

Graduates of Leadership Duluth become active community citizens that influence change. 

Graduates of Leadership Duluth build meaningful connections with fellow class members, regional stakeholders, and local organizations.


Leadership Duluth would like to thank our wonderful sponsors for their contributions to the program. This program would not be possible without your generosity and continued support:

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Essentia Health Logo
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DSGW Architecture enriching communities logo
Cirrus Aircraft Logo
Members Cooperative Credit Union Logo
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Applications for Leadership Duluth are now closed. Please stay tuned here for information on the 2024-2025 class; applications will open again May 2024.


Email Jebeh Edmunds, Director of Education, at jedmunds@duluthchamber.com.