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Leadership Hancock County

Online presentations and work shops scheduled for January thru May

Due to the ongoing pandemic, LHC will not host its traditional intensive program.  We will  be providing

A series of Leadership topics in 1.5 hour sessions with facilitators from around the state.   Preregistration is required.

All classes are $10 or the series for $50. Workshops are open to all, including LHC Alumni.  Please use registration link below.

Leadership Hancock County 2.0 Calendar 2021

January 12, 2021 Social Isolation in Leadership
Facilitator: Bob Keteyian Interpersonal Communication Consulting; leadership and communication coaching
How to stay connected to your team, establishing structure at home, communication structures for teams.

February 9, 2021 Developing a Digital Communications Plan
Facilitator: Cary Weston Owner/Partner Sutherland Weston Marketing
Making sense of that data can be a challenge. In this interactive webinar, we’ll walk through the five reports we
use the most, explain what they mean and why they matter and show you ways to use the reports for your
business goals.

March 2, 2021 Working from Home; Time Management in Today’s Business Environment
Facilitator: Sharon Cresswell Organizational Leadership Executive/ Owner Airline Brewing.
Scheduling your day, creating a private workspace, removing distractions, managing interruptions, daily and
weekly reporting.

March 23, 2021 Direction Alignment Commitment Leadership Model.
Facilitator: Kim Parrot Owner/Director Seachange Resources
Learn how to apply the Direction, Alignment & Commitment leadership model to calm any squall, to smooth
the passage of any voyage. The DAC model is the Swiss army knife you want in your pocket no matter the

April 13, 2021 Customer Service Excellence
Facilitator: Sharon Cresswell Organizational Leadership Executive/Owner Airline Brewing
Drive customer loyalty and profitability. Understanding value, communicate effectively, listen, and learn, take

May 4, 2021 Leading thru Uncertainty
Facilitator: Jan Kearce, Senior Leader MDF, Program Director for Leadership Maine and ICL
Making it through challenging times…what does it take to lead when we do not know the answers…and can see
that a return to status quo will never be realized. Hear new ideas, share yours, and dive into new ways of seeing
our situation together.

Proudly Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Leadership Hancock County Mission:

Working to improve Hancock County’s economy and quality of life by building leadership capacity of present and future leaders.

More About Leadership Hancock County

Modeled after Leadership Maine and other county Leadership programs, Leadership Hancock County was launched in 2011 after nearly 10 years of development. Spearheaded by the Hancock Higher Education Center and involving many community business leaders, a steering committee was formed to get the program off the ground.  The committee  hired Robert Keteyian of Interpersonal Communication Consulting, and Deb Burwell of Paddling the Rapids as the first program facilitators, 16 participants were accepted into the new program and six businesses across Hancock County agreed to host the classes once a month from January to May.

Program History:

In 10 years, over 130 participants from various businesses, nonprofits and organizations have graduated from Leadership Hancock County. Over 40 Hancock County businesses and organizations have been host sites for the classes that take place approximately once a month from January to May.
The day long sessions provide the participants with a facilitated program in leadership and management skills and concepts in the morning. The afternoon is an introduction to the host site and their role within the business and economic diversity that is Hancock County. Company representatives are asked to provide tours if possible and real time stories of how things work or don’t within their industry, as well as personal leadership stories and journeys.
The effect is a multilayered approach that incorporates the participants, and the diverse host sites, building on a program of management concepts and leadership topics that all, increase regional awareness, a network of emerging leaders and a deeper understanding of the challenges our local economy faces. The program provides employers in the area with an affordable option, close to home for continued education, and training to grow their staff for larger responsibilities.


Host Sites:

All LHC classes take place at companies and organizations around Hancock County. Class size is limited to 16, so opportunity to engage with the participants is excellent. Host sites provide not only the location for the class, but a wealth of real world information, and an inside look at how they do business.

Schoodic Education and Research Center
MDI Biological Laboratory
Verso Paper
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
Child and Family Opportunities
Courthouse Gallery

Camden National Bank
Verso Paper
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Comfort Inn and Maine Tourism Assoc.
Penobscot East Resource Center
Jackson Laboratory

Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport
Wallace Tent and Events
Verso Paper
Center for Cooperative Aquaculture
Darlings Auto Mall Stanley Subaru
Penboscot East Resource Center

City of Ellsworth
Morris Yachts
Jackson Lab
Verso Paper
Wooden Boat Publishing
Schoodic Arts for All

MDI Hospital
Eastern Maine Development Corp.
Ellsworth American
Maine Maritime Academy
Haystack School of Craft
Acadia National Park at SERC

Ellsworth Fire and Police Dept.
Jackson Lab
Seacoast Village Health Care
Bar Harbor Trust Services
College of the Atlantic
Woodlawn Museum

Moore Community Center
Hancock County Technical Center
Maine Seacoast Vegetables
Opera House Arts
MDI Biological Laboratory
Witham Family Properties
NEH Neighborhood House 


Hancock County Emergency Management Association
Abbe Museum
Airline Brewing Company
Downeast Transportation
Maine Community Foundation
Bar Harbor Catering Company


Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital
Union River Center for Innovation
Jackson Lab
Schoodic Institute
Next Step Domestic Violence Center


Stanley Subaru
The Grand
UMA Ellsworth

Sending Companies:

To date over 50 Hancock County Businesses, and Organizations have sent employees, directors, owners to the LHC program. Many organizations select an employee each year to attend. (Class size is limited)


 Leadership Hancock County is a program of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from businesses and organizations that provide hosting, tuition, scholarships, and other assistance. Educational and program support has been provided thru Hancock County Higher Education, the City Of Ellsworth, UMA, Camden National Bank, Machias Savings Bank, Darlings.

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