Core Program

Through a series of intensive seminars, the Core Program experience enhances civic knowledge and awareness and enriches leadership skills. Participants receive non-profit board training, and board placement is offered to all interested participants and graduates.


We have finished recruiting for the Core Class of 2018.

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Angela Tillar at


The Core Program Experience

The Core Program consists of eleven day-long seminar sessions from September through June. Meetings generally consist of half-day immersion in a civic topic, followed by an afternoon of leadership development or trustee skills development training. Participants receive individual skills development feedback.

Each meeting and speaker is evaluated to ensure that LEADERSHIP is meeting the group’s needs. Assessment tools, feedback, and experiential training enrich the experience.

Civic Issues
Arts and Culture
Economic Development
Law Enforcement
Leadership Development
Emotional Intelligence
Group Process
Trusteeship Training
Non-Profit Financials
Public/Private Partnerships
Prospective Participants and Sponsors

Qualified candidates are seasoned individuals with leadership skills and a drive to take responsibility for improving the quality of life in the region. Generally, more than half of the class has earned MBAs or MAs, and more than a quarter of the class hold JD or PhD credentials. Each nominee should be prominent within his or her organization, have the sponsor’s personal endorsement, be prepared to commit time to participate in the program, and intend to stay in the region. Admission is competitive. Tuition for the 2017-2018 program year is $8,200.

Benefits to Sponsor Organizations
  • Broadens your employee’s network of professional contacts
  • Affords fast-track employees additional recognition
  • Raises employee’s profile among professional peers
  • Introduces employee to community leaders
  • Provides valued employees with leadership training
Benefits to Participants
  • Broadens scope and diversity of professional network with access to over 2500 alumni
  • Provides a unique Individual Development Plan
  • Enhances knowledge of civic issues and leaders
  • Provides insider access to some of the city’s iconic institutions and leaders
  • Places participant on a non-profit board or committee
  • Heightens self awareness, self confidence, and more connections
Benefits to Community
  • Creates and nurtures a network of informed leaders
  • Strengthens public/private partnership
  • Weaves new leaders into the region’s civic fabric
  • Links corporate resources with community organizations
  • Reduces “six degrees of separation” in order to get work done
  • Giving

    All donations to LEADERSHIP Philadelphia will go toward our mission to mobilize and connect the talent of the private sector to serve the community. Thank you for your contribution.

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