Midcoast Leadership Academy will host an evening at Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard in Lincolnville for alumni and prospective program participants who would like to learn about MLA. The gathering will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Chris Gates will speak about national trends in community leadership. A resident of the Midcoast, Gates is a regular speaker at several leadership programs around the country, including Leadership Denver and Lead Virginia. He advises a variety of national organizations in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors on the issues of philanthropic practice, political reform and civic engagement. He is an advisor to New America’s political reform program and a senior advisor to the Bridge Alliance, a new philanthropic effort bringing more collaboration and cooperation to the field of political reform. Gates has extensive cross-sector experience, having worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, as well as the world of politics and the field of philanthropy.

Midcoast Leadership Academy is a nine-month community immersion program designed for existing and emerging, adult community leaders. The program studies issues, challenges, and opportunities affecting the Midcoast region, building a strong network of leaders throughout Knox and Waldo counties.

Central to the founding of the program is the belief that the Midcoast is a unique region, rich with spirit, creativity, and tradition. The program’s mission is to positively impact the economic and cultural quality of life in the Midcoast by enhancing the professional and personal development of its community leaders. Distinguished guest faculty are drawn from the worlds of academia, business, government, consulting, and the non-profit sector.

Midcoast Leadership Academy partners with the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast in order to provide CEUs, contact hours, and a University of Maine Certification.

MLA8 will begin in September. More information on the program as well as an on-line application can be found at www.MidcoastLeadershipAcademy.org or www.HutchinsonCenter.UMaine.edu.

RSVPs for the July 19 event should be sent to Robin McIntosh at appledore.drm@gmail.com or 236-9702.