Leadership Hanover

Do you want to make connections in the community? Are you looking to develop yourself professionally? Look no further.

Leadership Hanover is a unique leadership program focused on developing connections with key leaders in the Hanover community.

The program is designed to help make individuals more successful by better knowing the Hanover area, networking with key business men and women throughout the community, and establishing strong relationships with other participants.

Meeting once day a month for six months, the program focuses on major areas of the community like local government, education, economic development, and more.

Application deadline EXTENDED! Applications are now due August 31. Click here for a 2018-2019 application. 

Participating Businesses:

American Red Cross, Becker & Strausbaugh P.C., Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community, Columbia Cottage Assisted Living, Elsner Engineering Works, ERA Preferred Properties, Family First Health, Hanover Borough, Hanover Land Services, iNet Technology Group, M&T Bank, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Northwest Bank, PA Careerlink York County, RLH CPAs & Business Advisors, RE/MAX Quality Service, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc., South Western School District, SpiriTrust Lutheran at Utz Terrace, Stambaugh Ness P.C., Stock & Leader, Susquehanna Bank, The Markets at Hanover, The YMCA, TimBar Packaging & Display, True North Wellness Services, UPMC Pinnacle Hanover, Utz Quality Foods, Visiting Angels, York County CVB, York County Economic Alliance





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“Leadership Hanover is a leadership program for doers. The course doesn’t focus on the theory of leadership, and it does not explore the qualities that distinguish good leaders. No. This course, over a period of six months, connects organizations and their future leaders with community heads and key stakeholders. The course accelerates the class’s education of the pressing issues facing the community by connecting them directly to the experts navigating through these issues every day. One day a month, the class focuses on an important industry that supports the community like healthcare, education, or local government, and immerses the class in these fields by going to UPMC Pinnacle Hanover, HACC Gettysburg, and municipal buildings to speak with their leaders. The ancillary benefit to this approach is that it accelerates the networking process, where both the cohort of Leadership Hanover and current community leaders are able to lean on each other to better support our local neighborhoods. The Hanover Chamber does an excellent job organizing the program, getting the class in front of the right people, and guiding the discussion so all parties are able to find value. I would recommend this course to any organization or person who is looking to get more connected in the community.”

– Doug Hammond, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.


“I am new to the Hanover area, so being part of the Leadership Hanover Program has been a great way meet other business professionals and go behind the scenes to understand how and why our community operates the way it does. In addition to meeting key players in the community, I have a better understanding of the difficult decisions they face, how decisions are made, and how these decisions shape the future of our community.”

– Kyle Barmoy, Marketing & Operations Manager, Hanover Land Services Inc.


“Leadership Hanover has given me the unique opportunity to experience many sectors of the Hanover community in a condensed yet effective approach. Through the panel discussions, speakers and facility tours, I feel better acclimated to the working of our unique community. I have lived in this community all my life yet still learned countless things about Hanover throughout the class. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants an inside perspective of the Hanover community.”

– Torren Ecker, Esquire, Becker & Strausbaugh, P.C.


“I can guarantee that no matter whether you have lived in this community all your life, you’re a transplant, or you have been here for 10 years, by going through Leadership Hanover, you will learn something new about your community. You will learn something different. You will meet new people, you will meet very influential people and you will build life long, lasting relationships by going through the Leadership Hanover program.”

– Kim McBride, Northwest Bank


“The format of the program allows each individual to see and learn about things that the average citizen may not have the opportunity to. It really does help to build a competitive advantage for you as you learn not only about our local economy and government, but also our state government. I would recommend this program to anyone, from the person who has been in business for 20 years to a recent college graduate looking to build themselves within the Hanover Area. It truly is an eye opening experience.”

– Cory Cuffley, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co


“Leadership is about knowing the people that follow you, and being conscious of the people and places that made them who they are today. On a local level, leadership means understanding the culture that makes Hanover so special. I believe the most skilled leaders understand the importance of looking to the past to guide their decision-making process. Truly, Leadership Hanover is a great way to get plugged into your surroundings and ultimately make your surroundings a better place to live and work. ”

– Kenny Watson, M&T Bank