Keepers Program

We sat down with the 2017 LEADERSHIP Keepers to find out what they do in Philadelphia, and why they do it.

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In 2015, in response to a Pew study reporting a marked increase in Philadelphia’s millennial population, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia created the Connectors & Keepers program as an effort to recognize, empower, connect, and retain Philadelphia’s most promising young leaders.



This year, the program welcomes its third cohort,
the Keepers Class of 2018.


What is a Keeper?
Keepers are young leaders Philadelphia cannot afford to lose. They are hubs of trust who get things done behind the scenes for the common good, without expecting to receive credit.


How are Keepers identified?
Keepers are nominated by other LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Connectors and Keepers. We aim to assemble a diverse and vibrant cohort of young leaders each year. Admission is by invitation only.


The Connectors & Keepers Program

Over the course of one year, Keepers…

Attend bi-monthly sessions focused on issues impacting Philadelphia
Perform Pay It Forward community service projects
Work with mentors from the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia alumni network
Connect with a diverse group of fellow leaders

New! Keepers 2017 Profiles

Who are the Keepers?

Keepers Class of 2016

Keepers Class of 2017

Keepers Class of 2018


The Keepers program is made possible by funding from the Knight Foundation.