Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-17 class of Leadership Coachella Valley. Up to 40 applicants will be selected to participate in the ten month program designed to identify, motivate and develop future community leaders. The program, known for “Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”, encourages involvement by providing knowledge and perspective on valley-wide needs and concerns. Participants meet current community leaders and experts in forum and group discussion settings once a month for ten months, from September to June.


The first class session will take place on Friday, September 16, from 8:00am until 4:30pm, following a welcome reception and orientation the evening before, Thursday, September 15, from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Class sessions are held once a month on the 3rd Friday (2nd Friday in December).


Current tuition is $950 and includes all ten full-day sessions, lunches, break refreshments, class materials, field trips, graduation dinner and ceremony. Tuition must be paid in full before the first class session. Tuition for most students is paid by their employers and / or may be paid by the student personally. There are a limited number of scholarships, for which an application request may also be completed.


Applications must be fully completed and received in the Leadership office by July 31, 2016, and all applicants will be notified of their status on or before September 1. Interviews for applicants may be scheduled by the selection committee. Applications may be obtained online at, or by emailing Hard copies of completed applications should be sent to: Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, Attn: LCV Application, 72559 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260.


Below is a quote from Jim Houston.


“The program “Leadership Coachella Valley” is a great idea.  Enrolling in the program is a little bit like opening an encyclopedia of the business world and economics of the Coachella Valley.

If I were starting over again, it would be a wonderful and simple way to get a feel for the entire valley business environment.  The information made available is very useful in locating, marketing and managing a business anywhere in the Coachella Valley.”