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Leadership Oswego County Class of 2024 Final Class Picture

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Leadership Oswego County

Leadership Oswego County (LOC) is an annual leadership development program, administered by SUNY Oswego’s Office of Professional Development. LOC prepares a select group of county residents to become the community stewards of the future. This nine-month program explores Oswego County and its resources, community trusteeship, vital issues of today, and visioning for tomorrow. 

For over 30 years, key community members mentor participants, sharing the skills and knowledge needed to be effective leaders. Graduates of the program are better prepared to serve the community in the roles of a board member, citizen, employee or volunteer with organizations that serve Central New York.


To educate committed citizens to become a well-informed, engaged, and diverse network of community stewards.

Our Vision

To develop a group of leaders who will apply their collective experiences and skills to broaden our community’s vision and improve the quality of life for all Oswego County residents.

Leadership Oswego County Logo against a yellow background

Application Information

The LOC program runs from September through June of each year. Recruitment begins annually in the spring. We are now accepting applications for the class of 2025. All applications must be submitted by the end of business on Friday, August 2, 2024, to be eligible for consideration in this competitive program.

Apply for the Class of 2025


Leadership Oswego County seeks a diverse group of individuals who:

  • represent a cross section of the county's workforce, volunteer and nonprofit organizations, including business, the professions, education, organized labor, government, the arts, and faith-based, service & community agencies;
  • are willing to explore our shared humanity; celebrating our differences in age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, income, culture, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability and economic status; 
  • have the potential to contribute to the success of this class;
  • have leadership qualities and a sincere commitment, motivation and interest in serving the Oswego County community;
  • are willing and able to commit the time and energy to complete the program;
  • have a genuine concern for the future of Oswego County and a desire to be personally involved in shaping it;
  • have potential for advancement to leadership positions within their own organization or in the community; 
  • and have the intention, upon completion of the program, to seek roles on community boards, commissions, key volunteer positions, or public office.

The program has several key events and requirements:

  • It kicks off with a virtual event in September, followed by a full-day conference later in the month. Attendance at the September conference is mandatory.
  • Starting from October, classes will be held in-person from 9am to 4pm on the fourth* Friday of each month until mid-May. 
  • The program concludes with a graduation ceremony in June.
  • Participants must complete independent reading, self-paced work, and contribute to a class project outside of regular class hours.
  • Only two excused absences are allowed. Participation and engagement are critical and class members who fail to meet attendance requirements will be asked to withdraw from the program.

*Due to holidays in person classes will be held on the third Friday in the months of November, December, and May.

Scheduled Activities

Exact dates of activities are subject to change.

  • 9/11/24: Kick Off
  • 9/27/24: Opening Conference
  • 10/15/24: Human Needs Day
  • 11/22/24: Government Day
  • 12/20/24: Discovering Your North Star
  • 1/24/25: Communications Day
  • 2/28/25: Non Profit Boards Day
  • 3/28/25: Community Workforce Economic Development Day
  • 4/25/25: Education Day
  • 5/9/25: Bus Tour
  • 5/16/25: Reflection Day
  • 6/7/25: Graduation Brunch
Tuition and Payment

Business Rate: $1200 | Non-Profit Rate: $700

Tuition for the LOC program includes:

  • A full-day in-person conference in September
  • In-person classes running October-May
  • Lunch and snacks provided during classes 
  • A bus tour of Oswego County
  • An end of the year retreat  
  • Graduation dinner in June

Please remit payment or intent to pay by Friday, September 6th to: 

Office of Professional Development
121 East First Street 
Oswego, NY 

Checks can be made payable to “Office of Professional Development”.

Make an Online Payment

Leadership Oswego County Class Yearbooks

Leadership Oswego County

Office of Professional Development
121 East First Street
Oswego, NY 13126


Sarah Ingerson
Associate Director 

Phone: 315.312.3680
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

8:00 am–4:30 pm