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Do you have an interest or stake in your community?

Bergen LEADS is a 10 month interactive, fast-paced, and experiential leadership program for adults living or working in Bergen County. Participants learn about issues from leaders in the field, site visits, coaching corners, and expert panels. Bergen LEADS helps you see your community – and yourself – through new eyes. 

Seminar Days

Our monthly seminar days encompass various fields, encouraging class participants to immerse themselves in learning about the community around them from public to private sector, and more. Topics include:

  • Government

  • Healthcare

  • Nonprofits

  • Education

  • Culture

  • Industry

  • Environment

  • Law and Public Safety

Executive Coaching and Training

During this leadership training segment of the class, executive coaches train participants on topics geared towards making them effective leaders.  Training topics include:

  • Personality Profiles

  • Communication

  • Strategic Planning

  • Board Training

  • Crisis Management

  • Networking

  • Civic Engagement

Speakers & Panelists

During our seminar days Bergen LEADS participants hear directly from experts in the field, including;

  • Presidents of private sector businesses

  • CEOs of private sector businesses

  • Elected Officials

  • Public Sector Leaders

  • Nonprofit Leaders

  • Community Leaders

  • Law and Public Safety Leaders

  • Executives from the Healthcare Industry

Site Visits

Seminar days include site visits related to the theme of the day. During the site visits, participants have the opportunity to do a deep dive into the various organizations they visit, learning about operations, management, finances, employment practices, and more. Past site visits include:

  • Bergen County Jail

  • Barrymore Film Center

  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center


  • Bergen Community College

  • Unity Way Affordable Housing Project

  • Veolia Water Treatment Plant

Class Project

Bergen LEADS has gained a reputation as a “think tank” for challenges facing Bergen County. Each year participants focus on a specific challenge, identifying the issues involved, and creating a pitch for possible solutions. In June, the graduating class presents their findings and recommendations to a panel of private and public sector leaders during a public forum. This forum affords the opportunity for their pitch to brought to fruition should the panel participants believe in the viability of the solution presented.

Bergen LEADS Alumni Network

The Bergen Volunteers Alumni Network is a vibrant network of Bergen LEADers who are active and engaged with the community and each other, through leadership education, workshops, networking opportunities, and social programming.

Stay tuned for:

  • Alumni Events

  • LEADS 2.0

  • Alumni Workspace

  • ...and much more!

Bergen LEADS Alumni, have you been receiving our official newsletter, Blame It on LEADS? To request to be added to the distribution list email us. And be sure to follow us on Facebook!

For more information contact Rhonda Clarke 201.489-9454 x212

Anti-Discrimination and Confidentiality Policies

Bergen Volunteers respect the confidentiality and individual rights of privacy of all Bergen LEADS


Bergen LEADS does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, affectional or sexual orientation, marital or familial status, income, disability or liability for service in the armed forces of the United States.

The success of Bergen LEADS hinges on recruiting a diverse class whose members represent a variety of backgrounds, opinions and experiences. Bergen LEADS is committed to selecting an outstanding class of individuals who are dedicated to Bergen County and who represent the rich diversity of the County through their work, civic activities and personal qualities.

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