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.

LD Participants & Alumni

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

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


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.

Apply for the 2023-2024 Leadership Duluth Cohort

The next Leadership Duluth program year extends September 2023 through June 2024.

LD 23-24 Orientation – September 2023
LD 23-24 Sessions – One full day each month, September to June
LD 23-24 Graduation – June 2024

  • Are willing to meet and engage with classmates,
  • Are willing to be challenged beyond their comfort zones,
  • Are willing to commit to one full day of learning each month, September 2023 through June 2024, and
  • Show an interest in surpassing conventional thinking to seek new growth opportunities and affect fundamental change.

$1,600 Employees of Chamber Member businesses
$2,000 Non-Members
Tuition is due after participants have been selected into the program.

Tuition Assistance / Scholarships

The Leadership Duluth Scholarship, funded by the Duluth Area Chamber Foundation and other supporting organizations, seeks to empower our diverse, small business, and veteran community members through providing access to the Leadership Duluth program. We are pleased to offer a scholarship for the 23-24 Leadership Duluth year. To apply for the scholarship, please indicate your interest in your LD application.

The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Duluth Area Chamber Foundation strives to make each Leadership Duluth class reflective of the diverse people and viewpoints that make this region vibrant. We welcome applications and inquiries from anyone committed to creating a new network of informed and committed business community action-takers. The typical class member will have both a demonstrated interest in building leadership skills, and possess a commitment to be involved in the community.

(Dates subject to change)
9:00am – 3:00pm

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 (5:00pm – 6:30pm Orientation)
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (5:00pm – 7:00pm Graduation)

Three application steps must be complete by June 1, 2023:

STEP 1: Complete Application
STEP 2: Submit $30 Enrollment Fee
Enrollment Fee
STEP 3: Submit Letter of Recommendation

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in early July, 2023.


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:


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