Bringing Together Leaders to Positively Impact Community

The Charter Oak Leadership Program (CLP) identifies and brings together emerging leaders from the legal, economic, business, political, nonprofit and civic professions to learn how visionary, principle-centered leadership can positively impact their community.

Many of the most recognized and respected experts in the country – including authorities on current events, leadership and the political process – lead each session.

CLP students are of extremely high caliber and each year’s class is limited to 45 students to foster collaborative, participatory learning and to maximize interaction among students and presenters.

It's All About Principles...

Tiko Hardy, 2015 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies

Timeless Principles.  Leaders in Action.

The Charter Oak Leadership Program (CLP) trains emerging leaders in America's founding principles--why they were important in the beginning and how they apply to the challenges of today. 

Then it teaches and fine-tunes the leadership skills necessary to impact public policy.

CLP is steadily filling the talent pipeline with new leaders.

They comprise concentric circles of influence with echo chambers that change the political dialogue on important issues.

It works because its ideals transcend the personalities and whims of elections.

The CLP experience is more than a one-time seminar or conference.

Comprising nine full-day sessions and multiple events throughout the year, CLP is designed to have nothing less than an enduring impact on the knowledge and capabilities of its graduates -- and, fundamentally, on the preservation of the American idea.

Classes are limited to thirty-five high-caliber students selected from legal, economic, business, political, nonprofit and civic professions into a nine-session curriculum led by an elite team of local leaders and nationally recognized experts.

The result is the knowledge, tools and skills to preserve liberty.

Meet Our Charter Oak Leadership Program Launch Team

Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR), CLP's parent organization, has recruited a team of leaders from Connecticut to help launch and run the Charter Oak Leadership Program.  Beginning in 2017, LPR has been working hard to identify the talent needed to launch and lead this effort, studied Connecticut's issues and demographics, and developed relationships with key groups and individuals who influence politics and policy in the State.  An initiative of this scale and importance requires significant planning, time-on-the-ground, and resources.  With the future of freedom in Connecticut at stake, there can be no short-cuts.

Four determined Connecticut leaders made a commitment to travel to Colorado for eleven consecutive months to join LPR's 2018-2019 class.  Their goal was to learn about the unique teaching techniques that LPR has fine-tuned over the last thirty years.  These passionate, dedicated Connecticut citizens mastered a unique, highly successful curriculum that underscores three core elements:  individual rights, the proper role of government, and the need for an active, engaged citizenry--all centered on the concept of freedom.

Today, this inaugural Connecticut leadership team is well-immersed in freedom’s principles and the fundamental ideas of capitalism as it prepares to launch CLP's second class in September 2020.  Just as impressive as their Colorado counterparts, each team member possesses a unique sphere of influence--a critical characteristic of every program graduate.

Cathy Carter is the Director of Community Outreach at The Saybrook at Haddam in Haddam, CT. She has a wealth of marketing, public relations and ...

Kimberly Fiorello has worked as a reporter for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, with appearances on CNBC Asia.

Andrew Olivastro leads a strategic communications firm. His career began as a newspaper reporter in Connecticut and he most recently led executive ...

Gwen Samuel, head of the Connecticut Parent Union, is a trainer who’s been recognized in many publications for her outreach to parents.