What We Do

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.



"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."

— Roy Long, Class of 2019

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 11 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 a retreat in the fall and runs through the academic year with monthly program days each dedicated to exploring a different aspect of our community.

Prospective class members must be must apply online or be nominatedEach class is selected in the summer by a committee. Those selected pay tuition and dedicate one full day a month to learning about Centre County arts, history, economy, education, health and human services, government, and the environment.

Click here for more information on the application process.



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 TLS workshops are 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. 

Click here to view our upcoming events.



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