The Community Leadership Course for Veterans™ (CLCV™) is a nationally recognized program that aims to leverage the skills and experiences of military veterans for the betterment of the greater Pittsburgh region. 


Through participation in the program, CLCV™ cohort members have the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of our region, meet with business and community leaders, as well as utilize their leadership skills to accomplish a community impact project in partnership with a local nonprofit organization. This course provides participants with the exposure, experiences and connections that prepare them to tackle the challenges of our community. Bi-weekly sessions cover topics such as corporate landscape, nonprofit landscape, history of Pittsburgh, savvy networking and more. The knowledge and associations obtained through CLCV™ can provide committed participants access to the platforms needed to take on leadership roles within Southwestern Pennsylvania communities.


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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Community Leadership Course for Veterans application and selection process?

Community Leadership Course for Veterans™ applications will be due Friday, February 16, 2024 for the cohort that begins in May 2024. A selection committee reviews applications during the months of March and April. Applicants accepted for admission to Community Leadership Course for Veterans are notified by mid-April.

At least two letters of recommendation from individuals that are familiar with the applicant's abilities and skills, are strongly recommended at the time of application. 

How much is tuition? Is tuition assistance available?

Due to the contributions of regional philanthropic organizations and Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. alumni, this course is being made available for a nominal tuition fee of $300. Tuition will be due upon acceptance. No application fee is required. The Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Board of Directors does not want tuition to be a barrier to your application, as such scholarships may be made available. Please contact Krissy DeShetler (Krissy@lpinc.org) for questions regarding tuition.

How is LPInc. programming responding to current concerns around public health?

LPInc. strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations and is a mask-friendly organization. LPInc. will continue to monitor local, state and national guidelines, including CDC guidelines, leading up to each in-person event and will share any updates to our policy as needed. Please note that masks, proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of an event) may be required for entry into some sessions/events should the venue host require such. Ample advance notice would be provided.


What is the program schedule?

In addition to an opening retreat, CLCV™ typically meets twice monthly from approximately 4:30–8:30 PM on (usually) Tuesday nights. The schedule is determined several months in advance. Credits are assigned to each session and most activities. Participants are required to earn a predetermined number of credits to complete the program. More credits are offered than required for program completion in order to allow participants flexibility in arranging their personal schedules.

Twelve to fourteen sessions held from May through September focus on exposing participants to the civilian/professional landscape and creating avenues for civic involvement as leaders in the community.

Welcome Orientation and Reception  – An orientation/welcome reception is held to kick off the program. Attendance is mandatory. 

Retreat - Held soon after the welcome orientation and reception, the retreat typically begins on Friday afternoon and runs through Saturday. Attendance is mandatory.

Sessions – Participants meet for learning experiences on topics such as corporate landscape, nonprofit landscape, history of Pittsburgh, savvy networking and more. These sessions focus on topics that expose the participants to community leaders and issues. Leadership sessions typically take place on Tuesday evenings. Participants are expected to attend all regularly scheduled sessions in their entirety and earn sufficient credits to graduate.

Community Impact Projects – CLCV participants form teams to implement a Community Impact Project in our community. In addition to meeting a need in the community, the projects provide significant learning experiences for the team members. The project teams meet outside of the regularly scheduled sessions (each team determines its own schedule).

Click Here to download the 2024 schedule. 


Who has graduated from the Community Leadership Course for Veterans program?

Click Here to view a list of all CLCV graduates.

How can I refer someone to learn more about this program?

Email info@lpinc.org today with your recommendation's contact information and we will get in touch with them to share more information regarding the program. 

I have been asked to write a letter of recommendation, now what?

The Community Leadership Course for Veterans Selection Committee considers letters of recommendation in the application process. We strongly encourage each applicant to submit at least two letters of recommendation from their prior military and/or civilian networks. The letters must demonstrate that the writer has/had a meaningful relationship with the applicant.

Recommendations are due in to the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024. These can be submitted along with your application or separately via email to Krissy@lpinc.org

". . . as [service members] return home and transition back into civilian communities . . . we ought to make it a priority to help them channel their experience, ethos, and desire for personal challenge into continuing to make a difference. Their strengths are our strengths, the steel of America’s national character."
General Martin E. Dempsey
18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff