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LEADERSHIP PITTSBURGH

Overview

Leadership Pittsburgh (LP) is an eight-month program for established senior-level leaders. This program continues to serve as a model for several other regions around the country. Content area experts from the community serve as faculty to build the capacity of program participants who are leading this community now and will affect change in our region in the coming years. It not only engages and informs the senior leadership of our region’s companies but also creates meaningful bonds with others of their levels and from diverse backgrounds. LP is an investment in the region -- and in the individual leader.

Leadership Pittsburgh’s unique format makes the Pittsburgh region your classroom.

From September/October through June, the once-a-month Leadership Pittsburgh sessions provide 50 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Leadership Pittsburgh application and selection process?

Leadership Pittsburgh applications are due the first Friday in May each year for the class that starts in September. Early applications are encouraged. Incentive tuition price is provided for applications submitted by the first Friday in April. All parts of the application must be complete to be considered.  Click Here to download a copy of the application.

A selection committee reviews applications during the months of May and June. Applicants accepted for admission to Leadership Pittsburgh are notified in mid-July.

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.

How much is tuition? Is tuition assistance available?

Leadership Pittsburgh tuition is $5,900 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 April is $5,400. 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. Tuition assistance information can be requested by emailing info@lpinc.org. Acceptance into Leadership Pittsburgh is not influenced by the need for tuition assistance.

What is the program schedule?

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 (typically overnight) to 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. LPI makes arrangements for the overnight accommodations.

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.

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.

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 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.

Click Here to download a sample program schedule.

The 2021-2022 LP cohort schedule will be released by mid-February.

What do the individual sessions focus on?

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.

When 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.

 

Who are Leadership Pittsburgh participants? 

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
Who is in the Leadership Pittsburgh most recently graduated class?

Click here to view a listing of the LP XXXVI 2019-2020 Class.

Who has graduated from Leadership Pittsburgh?

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. 

How can I refer someone to the 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. Or use this REFERRER FORM to share their information. Thank you for helping to spread the word and strengthen our mission delivery!

Please use this separate form to submit a LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION that will accompany a potential candidate's application. 

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

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; by e-mail to info@lpinc.org; or mail to our office. 

COMPLETE AN ONLINE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION HERE.

LP 33 was life changing. As a class we started as individuals and finished as a group of wonderful friends who care about each other. I am so proud to have been a part of it.  
Fern G. Schwartz, LP XXXIII
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

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