Leadership Pittsburgh (LP) is a nine-month program for established senior-level leaders.
Leadership Pittsburgh’s unique format makes the Pittsburgh region your classroom. From September through June, monthly sessions provide participants with the exposure, experiences, and connections that prepare them to tackle the challenges of senior leadership in our community.
Program participants get a deeper, behind-the-scenes understanding of the connected systems of the region, meet with the movers and shakers, view the community, its assets and opportunities in a new and profound way and, above all, get super-energized to increase their impact.
Sessions are led by content area experts and community leaders. LP not only engages and informs the senior leadership of our region, but also creates meaningful bonds with peers from diverse backgrounds. LP is an investment in the region — and in the individual leader. The LP program serves as a model for several other regions around the country.
Please review FAQs below to learn more about the application process and program details.
“The experiences and insights gained from Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. have not only prepared me to tackle the complex challenges of leadership but have also instilled in me a deep sense of responsibility to serve as a catalyst for meaningful change.”
Sloane Davidson LP XXXIX, Hello Neighbor
Our Leadership Pittsburgh participants have actively contributed to community projects. Take a look at some of our featured projects:
Spreading Love and Support: The Care Package Initiative
The Care Package Initiative for Family House brought joy, comfort, and a sense of belonging to the residents of Family House. Through the collective efforts of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIX Peer Group 1 members, 150 care packages were thoughtfully assembled and delivered to the residents, providing them with essential items and heartfelt gestures of support. Family House’s mission is to provide a safe, comforting, and affordable “home away from home” for patients and their families who travel to Pittsburgh hospitals for expert medical care.
JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry
A LP XXXIX group spent a day at the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. In addition to learning about the various services offered by JFCS, the group rolled up their sleeves and helped to prepare and shelve vegetables in the Food Pantry.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
A group from LP XXXIX spent a day volunteering at The Market at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Their volunteer time included assisting Market shoppers with item selection, checkout and bagging of their groceries. At the end of their shift, they also re-stocked shelves and prepared The Market for the next day’s shoppers.
A group from LP XXXIX helped Hello Neighbor with setting up an apartment that was going to be the new home for a Rohingya family who was moving to Pittsburgh. The group transported necessary items from Hello Neighbor’s offices to the apartment. Upon arrival at the apartment, they met additional deliveries of furniture and supplies and proceeded to unload, unpack and setup all of the items needed to fully furnish the apartment and make it a welcoming home for the family.
Frequently Asked Questions
Leadership Pittsburgh applications are due the first Friday in June for the class that starts in September. Early applications are encouraged. Incentive tuition price is provided for applications submitted by the first Friday in May. All parts of the application must be complete to be considered.
A selection committee reviews applications during the month of July. Applicants accepted for admission to Leadership Pittsburgh are notified in August.
A letter of support from the organization that employs the applicant, as well as letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s abilities and skills (especially LPI alums!) are strongly recommended at the time of application. Self-employed individuals can also apply. The selection committee seeks to have each class of Leadership Pittsburgh represent a diverse cross section of our community, that is: diverse by race, gender, background, perspectives, occupation and personal experience.
Application information for the 2024-2025 LP cohort will be available in February 2024.
Leadership Pittsburgh tuition is $6,800 per participant (please note that this is subject to change in the future). Early applications are encouraged. Incentive tuition price for applications submitted by the first Friday in May is $6,500. All parts of the application must be complete to be considered.
Accepted applicants will receive an invoice which must be paid to ensure their spot in the class. Payment plans are available but must be arranged in advance with our team.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available and are primarily intended to assist participants from nonprofit organizations with limited resources. Participants seeking tuition assistance will be asked to complete a statement of financial need and should submit their request for assistance with their application. Click here to request tuition assistance information. Acceptance into Leadership Pittsburgh is not influenced by the need for tuition assistance.
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.
All Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. activities always adhere to required standards of public health and safety. The information listed below is general and addresses a typical program year.
Following the initial retreat, the class will typically meet from 8 AM – 5 PM on one Thursday of each month. The schedule is determined several months in advance. Credits are assigned to each session and most activities, and participants are required to earn a predetermined number of credits to complete the program. More credits are offered than required for the program’s completion in order to allow participants flexibility in arranging their personal schedules. Additionally, there is an overnight trip and learning experience to Harrisburg in the spring.
Welcome Reception and Orientation – Held in early-mid September.
Initial Retreat – The retreat is critical to the formation of the cohort and is held on a Thursday through mid-day Friday. Applicants are strongly advised to take a look at the retreat dates on the schedule in advance of submitting an application. When held in-person, the retreat location is typically within 2 hours of driving distance from downtown Pittsburgh.
Monthly Program Sessions – All sessions are typically held from 8 AM – 5 PM on one Thursday of each month at varying locations within our community (or virtually as prevailing conditions may warrant).
Regional Policy Trip to Harrisburg – An overnight experiential learning trip to Harrisburg offers the LP class members an opportunity to explore policy formulation at the state level. This overnight session typically takes place in early – mid May. Transportation and accommodations are arranged by LPI. (If possible based on prevailing conditions.)
Peer Advisory Groups – In order to create stronger class bonds and increase individual networks, LP class members are required to participate in Peer Groups. Peer Groups allow participants the opportunity to learn from the perspective of different sectors, and therefore broaden their context from which to practice leadership. Group members tend to represent non-competing organizations. The group work requires limited commitment outside of scheduled program sessions and meeting times/locations/modality are self-determined by the group.
Direct Service – Participants develop one or two service day/half-day opportunities to volunteer in the community (family participation is encouraged).
Additional Program Experiences – These are optional and could include, but are not limited to, interviews with community leaders, police ride-alongs, volunteer opportunities, behind the scenes tours, etc. (As available based on prevailing conditions.)
Click here to download the 2023-2024 LP cohort schedule.
Sessions focus on understanding key regional issues, creating space to exercise systems thinking, and developing a broader context for practice of leadership.
Thought leaders and experts from across the community are involved in the planning and delivery of the sessions.
TWhen sessions are held in-person, each session location is different and conducive to the subject.
Site visits and group discussions create a highly experiential learning environment.
Session topics in recent years have included: Economic Development, Anti-Racism, Neighborhoods and Community Development, Local Government, Arts, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, Public Education, etc.
Senior leaders with significant spheres of influence within the community and their organization who has the desire to expand his/her/their knowledge of the region and are willing to make the time commitment of one day a month to successfully complete the program.
Established leaders in business, nonprofit, government and civic entities with significant spheres of influence
Ready to go behind the headlines, think creatively, and act collaboratively
Looking for a community leadership experience that captures their spirit of purpose, learning, and contribution
Seeking to broaden their professional networks and make an even bigger contribution to their organization
New to the area OR have a renewed interest sparked by a new job, new inspiration, or new phase of life
Open to people, places and opportunities in the Greater Pittsburgh region
Willing to participate in experiential monthly sessions with approximately 50 other high-achieving professionals
Click here for a comprehensive list of our LP Alumni by class year.
Click here for a comprehensive list of our LP Alumni by last name.
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The Leadership Pittsburgh Selection Committee heavily weighs the letters of recommendation in the application process. We strongly encourage each applicant to submit at least two letters of recommendation. Successful applications in prior years tend to be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from applicant’s CEO/head of business unit in addition to recommendations from LPInc. alumni (see under “Who has graduated from Leadership Pittsburgh?”).
Recommendations are due in to the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. office by 5:00 PM on the date of the application deadline. These can be submitted along with the application or separately via the online form; or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The success of the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. depends to a large part on the financial support of our community’s businesses and community partners. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support.