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2017 Leadership Seminar

Grounded & Growing, June 2-4, 2017

St. Methodios Retreat Center, Contoocook, NH

The 2017 Leadership Seminar will empower ambassadors to become grounded in their current leadership skills and understand aspects of their identity through exploring Individual Leadership, while also growing new leadership skills to enable ambassadors to flourish in their schools, communities, and leadership positions through effective Group Leadership. Ambassadors will also examine the root causes of a variety of issues facing their schools and communities, and create a plan to address said issues during the Leadership for Society portion of the program. Most importantly, ambassadors will plant the seeds - quite literally - for positive social change during our Leadership in Action service project at the NH Food Bank Production Garden. Throughout the weekend, ambassadors will grow to be leaders with a strong sense of self and purpose while being grounded in a commitment to social action.

My favorite thing about seminar weekend is how much confidence it has given me. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I am excited to return to my school and share my new perspective with others.

2016 Ambassador

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Kally Riddinger
Director of Recruitment & Ambassador Relations



The curriculum for the leadership seminar is based on HOBY's vision to

motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our society. HOBY believes students represent the future leaders of the world.

By developing and understanding effective and compassionate leadership, we hope ambassadors will be able to realize their leadership potential, and take action in their homes, schools, and communities.


The HOBY program is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives:

  1. Personal Leadership     

  2. Group Leadership     

  3. Societal Leadership

We have an action packed weekend featuring a number of engaging, thought provoking, and fun activities and speakers, including:

  • 4 Hours of Service at the NH Food Bank Production Garden

  • Leadership and Team Building Activities

  • "Grounded in Leadership" Panel, including the Marketing Director of CocaCola of Northern New England

  • Alumni Presentations, including MIss New Hampshire's Caroline Carter

  • Leadership for Service Fair, showcasing service organizations and colleges or universities across the state

Additional Information

Participating Schools

Alvirne High School

Bedford High School

Berlin High School

Bishop Brady High School

Bishop Guertin High School

Bow High School

Campbell High School

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Concord High School

Conval High School

Derryfield School

Dover High School

Fall Mountain Reg High School

Farmington Senior High School

Gilford High School

Goffstown High School

Gorham High School

Hillsboro-Deering High School

Hollis/Brookline High School

Hopkinton High School

John Stark Reg. High School

Kennett High School

Laconia High School

Lebanon High School

Littleton High School

Londonderry High School

Manchester Central High School

Manchester High School West

Manchester Memorial High School

Merrimack High School

Merrimack Valley High School

Milford High School

Monadnock Reg. Middle/High School

Moultonborough Academy

Newmarket Jr/Sr High School

Oyster River High School

Nashua High School North

Nashua High School South

Pelham High School

Pembroke Academy

Pinkerton Academy

Plymouth Regional High School

Portsmouth Senior High School

Prospect Mountain High School

Rivendell Academy

Salem High School

Sanborn Regional High School

Somersworth High School

Souhegan High School

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Sunapee High School

Tilton School

Timberlane Regional High School

Trinity High School

Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative

Windham High School

Winnacunnet High School

Winnisquam Reg High School

Seminar Planning Team

2017 Leadership Seminar Planning Team

John Wescott '09
Seminar Chair
Kally Riddinger '08
Director of Recruitment & Ambassador Relations
Shawn Thibault '11
Director of
Mason White
Director of
Byrne Cronin '12
College Age
Bridie O'Connell '14
College Age
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