Leadership Pittsburgh (LP) is a 10 month program for established senior-level leaders. This program continues to serve as a model for several others 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 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 through June, the once-a-month Leadership Pittsburgh sessions provides 60 participants with the exposure, experiences and connections that prepare them to tackle the challenges of senior leadership in our community. In less than 10 months, our 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.
Applications are no longer being accepted for Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIV (2017-18).
Frequently Asked Questions
Leadership Pittsburgh applications are due the first Friday in May each year for the class that starts the following September. Early applications are encouraged. Incentive tuition price for applications submitted by first Friday in April.
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.
Leadership Pittsburgh tuition is $5,400 per participant (please note that this is subject to change in the future). Early applications are encouraged. Incentive tuition price for applications submitted by first Friday in April is $5,100. All parts of the application must be complete to be considered.
Accepted applicants will receive an invoice which must be paid to ensure the spot in 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 not-for-profit 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 email@example.com. Acceptance into Leadership Pittsburgh is not influenced by the need for tuition assistance.
In addition to two retreats, the class typically meets from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on one Thursday each month. 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.
Welcome Reception and Orientation - Is typically held in early-mid September. Attendance is not optional.
Initial Retreat Weekend - Attendance is not optional. This retreat is critical to the formation of the cohort and is held on a Friday (overnight) to mid- day Saturday in September. Retreat location typically is within 2 hours of driving distance from downtown Pittsburgh. Accommodations are covered by the tuition.
Monthly Program Sessions - All sessions are typically held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on one Thursday each month at varying locations within our community.
Regional Policy Trip to Harrisburg - An overnight experience in Harrisburg that engages the LP class members with policy formulation at the State Level. This overnight session typically takes place in early-mid May. Transportation and accommodations are included in the tuition.
Projects - Small group Learning Group experiences are an integral part of the LP curriculum. In order to create stronger bonds within the class and allow for impact on regional issues, classes are engaged in learning group projects which occur outside of the scheduled program days (each group determines the scope of its work/impact). These projects are co-created by the group members in partnership with a local “host” nonprofit agency pre-identified by Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Click here for some examples.
Additional Program Experiences - These could include interviews with community leaders, Police-Ride-Along’s etc.
Click here to download the LP XXXIII 2016-2017 Schedule.
Sessions focus on awareness of key regional issues, discovering systems thinking, and developing a broader context for practice of leadership.
Thought leaders from across the community are engaged in planning and delivery of the sessions.
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, Inclusion/Race Relations, Neighborhoods and Community Development, Local Government, Arts, Entrepreneurship, Transportation/Transit, Public Education, etc.
In order to encourage the development of the committed and capable leaders that our community and region need for continued success, the Leadership Pittsburgh experience engages class members in a Learning Group process throughout the program year. This process will deepen connections with each other and offer important, experiential opportunities to focus on and impact significant issues in our community. This multi-faceted experience can serve as a rich space for personal and professional growth and can lead to lasting relationships that participants will find themselves coming back to many, many times during the course of their work in the region.
LPI’s goal for Learning Group Projects is to:
- Offer opportunities for participants to deepen their knowledge of a significant community and regional issue/challenge;
- Challenge participants as a team to formulate a leadership response to the issue and challenge area;
- Positively impact a segment of our region’s youth through team members’ completion of a Learning Project that is informed by and implemented in partnership with an identified host organization;
- Engage participants in playing an important role in helping to create civic change.
Anyone with significant spheres of influence within the community and their organization, has the desire to expand his or her knowledge of the region, and is 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 to 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 monthly sessions from September through June with approximately 60 other high-achieving professionals
Click here to view a listing of the LP XXXIII 2016-2017 Class.
Click Here for a comprehensive list of our LP Alumni.
Email firstname.lastname@example.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 candidates application.
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.
Links to our alumni lists:
Recommendations are due in to the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. office by 5:00 p.m. on the FIRST FRIDAY OF May (same as the application itself). These can be submitted along with the application or separately via the online form; by fax to 412.392.4559; e-mail to email@example.com; or mail to our office.