LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, founded in 1959, is a non-profit organization that mobilizes and connects the talent of the private sector to serve the community. It is the original and flagship model for over 1,000 such organizations across the country. LEADERSHIP serves as the hub of a diverse professional network. Notable alumni of the program include former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the President of the Eagles, the CEO of the Airport and more than 90 other CEO and City Commissioners. It is a deeply trusted convener and thought leader in the region.
Each LEADERSHIP program is designed to enhance participants’ civic knowledge and enrich their leadership skills. Through its Core Program, 120 leaders are selected annually. Fellows meet monthly at key sites around the city, from the Eagles stadium to the Police Academy to the Federal Reserve.
Through this work, LEADERSHIP helps leaders use their professional skills and personal passions to build the capacity of important organizations, thereby strengthening the community as a whole.
LEADERSHIP created the Keepers program to recognize, empower, connect, and retain Philadelphia’s most promising young leaders. Admission is by invitation only, each successive class has been a diverse and vibrant cohort of young leaders, entrepreneurs and technologists.
Through its Connector Project, LEADERSHIP launched a research study to spark a conversation about leadership, connection, and action. In partnership with local leaders and media outlets, they identified, recognized, and studied Connectors who provide the glue that holds the community together. LEADERSHIP ultimately culled a list of the Top 101 Connectors in Philadelphia.
LEADERSHIP also serves as the link between motivated private sector talent and non-profit board needs. LEADERSHIP recruits, informs, and trains area executives in civic affairs and board management skills and then places them on non-profit boards of directors. Through this work, LEADERSHIP helps leaders use their professional skills and personal passions to build the capacity of important organizations, thereby strengthening the community as a whole.
LEADERSHIP’s has a demonstrated ability to create a safe space for intense, meaningful and moving conversation. Additional Master Classes, special events and thought pieces in newspapers and journals amplify LEADERSHIP’s impact in Philadelphia and beyond.