Snelling Center for Government Accepting Applications for the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2019

The Snelling Center for Government is currently accepting applications to the Vermont Leadership Institute, Vermont’s premier civic leadership development program.   Since 1995, the Vermont Leadership Institute has been offering intensive programs for leaders in Vermont’s private, public and non-profit sectors. 


VLI graduates are making a difference in Vermont: leading innovative businesses, creating award-winning non-profits, serving in the legislature and state government, and volunteering in their communities. With over 500 graduates since 1996, the VLI Class of 2019 will be the 24th graduating class. 


VLI associates will meet for a total of 8 overnight sessions with nineteen seminar days, beginning in September 2018 and ending in June 2019. Associates will engage in intensive assessment and self-reflection, study ethics and systems thinking, and become immersed in some of the most important issues facing Vermont. 


You are strongly encouraged to apply if you are: 

  • Committed to Vermont 
  • Curious about the issues facing Vermont 
  • Devoted to learning and growing 
  • Open to values inquiry and dialogue  


In response to “Why VLI?”, a recent graduate summed up the experience as follows: “VLI promotes the idea that positive social change is critical to our future; The caliber of leaders brought into the program was outstanding; The caliber of associates in our class was top-notch, well-balanced, compassionate and intelligent. Everyone who wants to serve or currently serves in leadership roles should have the opportunity and privilege to experience VLI.”  


To learn more about the Vermont Leadership Institute, including the 2018-2019 program schedule and application process, please visit or contact Suzanne Trahey, Director of the Vermont Leadership Institute, at or 802.859.3090.

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