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About the Programme


Leadership Cayman is a dynamic, intensive, and interactive six-month programme introduced by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce in 2009. The programme promotes and enhances community leadership through an in-depth introduction to social, economic, business, and political issues in the Cayman Islands. The class attends bi-weekly seminars, learning from experts and local leaders who serve as panelists at each session.

Every year a new group of leaders is selected to be a part of this one of a kind programme designed for participants to connect with each other and business and community leaders, grow their leadership skills and community knowledge, and inspire their industry, community and peers.



Leadership Cayman offers established and emerging leaders a unique opportunity to be part of a group tha together:

  • Become part of a rich learning community made up of leaders with unique backgrounds and perspectives
  • Increase your awareness of your own unique leadership and teamwork skills
  • Develop a deeper understanding of social, economic, business, and political issues affecting our community
  • Learn how you can make a meaningful difference in our community
  • Become part of the alumni and forge long-lasting personal and professional relationships



The Planning Committee (PC) is comprised of alumni of Leadership Cayman and lead by a Chairperson and Co-Chairperson, who are elcted for a one-year term. The PC, lead by the Chairperson, are responsible for the effective functioning of the annual Leadership Cayman programme. They are also responsible for selecting the new LC class.



The LC Planning Committe looks for participants who demonstrate:

  • Ability to commit to the time and dates required by the programme
  • Commitment and motivation to fully participate in most, if not all, events and seminars to receive the best LC experience
  • Leadership through their work and service
  • Ability to be a team player



Time Commitment

The full schedule can be viewed here.


Information Sessions

Prospective candidates can learn more about LC by attending an information session.

You can also watch our virtual information session below:

Information Session (Virtual)

Access the information that will shared at these sessions here.


Application Criteria

Prospective applicants for the Leadership Cayman programme must meet four (4) entry requirements:

  • Be at least 25 years of age by January 1 of the programme year
  • Resided in the Cayman Islands for a minimum period of 1 year
  • Be in a middle-management position or higher at current place of employment
  • Payment of KYD $75 non-refundable application fee



There are two tuition costs options for Chamber members and Non-Chamber members. If accepted into the programme, full tuition is due prior to the Opening Retreat.

Member Cost: KYD $2,600

Non-Member Cost: KYD $2,850



Applications for the next Leadership Cayman class will open from the 10 July 2023 to 10 November 2023.

Leadership Cayman has a competitive selection process and due to space limitations, only 25 candidates will be accepted. Completion of the application form does not ensure acceptance. The planning committee will grade all applications and only the top 35 applicants will be invited for a face-to-face interview with the same PC members.

Completed application includes:

  1. Completed Application Questions
  2. Applicant Commitment Form
  3. Commitment of Payment Form
  4. Employer Commitment Form
  5. Supporting Documents (Passport Information Page or Proof of PR/Work Permit)
  6. Application Fee of KYD $75 (non-refundable)


Application Deadline: Friday, 10 November 2023

Application form can be accessed here.


Cleveland Julien, Class of 2022
"Leadership Cayman allowed me to learn about Cayman culture, institutions and challenges along side the leaders who will shape its change."
Cleveland Julien, Class of 2022
Bethany Ebanks-Pacheco, Class of 2022
"I've had my eye on this programme for many years and I am thrilled to have been selected to be a member of the 2022 class. Leadership Cayman is incredibly eye opening in every aspect. It is extremely thought provoking and inspiring to meet with industry leaders and experts in specific fields to get an understanding of the delicate balance that is needed to run a business and country in some instances. My Leadership Cayman experience has left me inspired to assist the community and make a positive change for the betterment of the country and betterment of the future generations."
Bethany Ebanks-Pacheco, Class of 2022
Emma-Jane Fisher, Class of 2021
“An amazing experience overall, that opened my eyes to the inner workings of the Islands. After living in Cayman for 10+ years, you feel that you know everything, until you attend the seminars and learn from the panelists and your peers of the issues that we face across the many different sectors that make up the Cayman Islands. The opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals is exceptional.”
Emma-Jane Fisher, Class of 2021
Melissa Whorms, Class of 2021
“The experience has been very rewarding as each seminar provided me with insight into the different business sectors that I was unaware of. The programme also provided the opportunity to network with others in different sectors that I would not have the ability to outside of this programme.”
Melissa Whorms, Class of 2021
Siddhant JainJaiswal, Class of 2020
“LC provided me with a platform to not only contribute to, but also learn from people having diverse background , cultures and moral values. “
Siddhant JainJaiswal, Class of 2020
Kimberly McLean, Class of 2020
"My experience in Leadership Cayman was definitely amazing and worthwhile. It was one of the best leadership programs that I have participated in. It didn’t only teach leadership but taught camaraderie and a host of other things. Our class was and is phenomenal and showed great resilience, strength, and leadership through such an abnormal year."
Kimberly McLean, Class of 2020