Helping Maine leaders scale up and strengthen their leadership skills


Launched in 2020, the Visionary Leadership Program (VLP) is a collaboration with MCE, the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center and Bangor Savings Bank. The program provides development opportunities for leaders of startups and small businesses in Maine.

Through monthly virtual meetings, the program builds a strong peer group, teaches leadership skills and tools for today’s business challenges, and introduces participants to experienced Maine business and thought leaders. The 2020-2021 pilot cohort had 14 members representing 12 different companies from a range of sectors and businesses across Maine. The VLP is co-facilitated by Skip Bates, SVP and Director of Main Street Banking at Bangor Savings Bank and Alexa Dayton, COO at the Maine Center. Each session features a guest speaker from the Maine business and leadership communities.

For applicants

If you are interested in applying for the 2022-2023 VLP cohort, we’d love to hear from you! Applications for this year are closed, but we are happy to alert you when we are ready to recruit for next year. The cohort meets for 2 hours approximately one evening per month between October and May, with small group discussions and optional reading assignments between sessions. We welcome applications from senior and emerging leaders at Maine-based companies in any sector with five or more employees. We particularly look for candidates who have a growth mindset and are willing to put in the work to become better leaders for their company and their community. If you think you’d be a great fit for our program, please email Laurie Johnson (ljohnson@mced.biz) to learn more about the application process.

2020-2021 Member Companies