What We Do

Leadership Centre County is a community leadership development organization.  Our mission is to educate participants about the needs, available services, strengths, opportunities, and current issues in our community. Our overall goal is to increase the leadership pool within the county with folks who are well informed, networked, and qualified to lead. We accomplish this through two different programs: our Community Leadership Program and the Transformational Leader Series.

We believe that when individuals in a community have the right tools, their impact on that community is exponentially greater. Our goal is to transform ordinary citizens into extraordinary civic leaders through routine, strategic, and systematic programs and workshops designed to help individuals contribute to a thriving community.



— Roy Long, Class of 2019

"For me, LEADERSHIP went beyond my expectations on leadership and connected me to parts of our community that I never knew existed.  From the opening retreat to the final session day, LEADERSHIP was inspiring, insightful, and a shining example of what servant leadership is truly about."

Our flagship program, the Community Leadership Program, trains class members to work collaboratively for the good of the whole community through a 10-month exploration of local socioeconomic issues aimed to increase civic engagement in Centre County. Through a succession of 10 program days, held once a month throughout the program year, class participants in the Community Leadership Program are exposed to the various aspects of the community to include history, health and human services, governance, economy, environment, education, and the arts. In addition, there is the opportunity to cultivate communication skills and dialogue with community leaders.

Hear stories from alumni on how the CLP has helped them impact their community.


This educational and networking program kicks off with an Opening Retreat in the fall and runs through the academic year with monthly program days each dedicated to exploring a different aspect of our community.

The Community Leadership Program covers the following civic issues:

  • Arts and Culture

  • Criminal Justice

  • Economic Development

  • Education

  • Environment and Sustainability

  • Governance and Politics

  • Health and Human Services

  • History

The Community Leadership Program covers the following leadership development topics:

  • Balance

  • Ethics

  • Group Process

  • Self-Awareness

  • Understanding Motives

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Employers find a three-fold change in the employees they sponsor in the Community Leadership Program: an increased leadership skill set, a broadened knowledge of their community, and an expanded network of peers. Employees who participate in the program bring these skills back to their organizations as well as extend the reach of their employers via this new network.

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Do you know an outstanding community member that would make a good candidate for Leadership Centre County? Nominate yourself or someone you know!

Candidates for participation in the Community Leadership Program come from all walks of life, all industries, and all backgrounds but share one common trait: They are concerned about the future — of their neighborhoods, schools, environment, community planning, infrastructure, and quality of life in Centre County. They are interested in learning more about the history of the region and how to leave a lasting legacy. They want involvement – but don’t yet know how best to do that.



In this series of one-off workshops, lectures, and seminars, community leaders seeking to expand their nonprofits’ reach and efficacy can explore topics in four areas of nonprofit effectiveness and sustainability: adaptability, leadership, management, and technical capacities.

LEADERSHIP’s Transformation Leadership Series is affordable, timely, and open to the public. Attendees find an environment for networking, sharing, benchmarking, brainstorming, and learning. Community members have the opportunity to explore and examine issues facing their community and shape future workshop offerings. 

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