Learn * Grow *Lead
Leadership Pasadena is a collaborative organization dedicated to personal growth and leadership development, cultivating a diverse network of community advocates.
Pasadena is unique for the quantity, quality and compassion of its non-profit organizations serving the many needs of this community. But these good things don't just happen, they result from leadership--thoughtful and well-informed persons who are committed to the building and the betterment of our community. Leadership Pasadena creates and nurtures just such persons!" William Bogaard, Mayor, Pasadena, 1999-2016
"The thinking that there is a handful of great leaders with uncommon abilities capable of motivating action to confront the challenges in our world is a myth. Leadership is an active pursuit to understand the needs of others, a desire to build relationships to align efforts, and readiness to initiate action to create a more just world. We are all capable. Leadership Pasadena prepares you. Your voice is needed. If not now, when?” -- Manuel Carmona, LP Class of 2017
"The LP experience was a tremendous personal growth period as I wanted to rise from being a neighborhood leader to a leader involved with community-wide issues. LP gave me the leadership skills, community relationships and confidence to serve on Pasadena’s Parks and Rec Commission, the Board of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the PUSD Board, even serving as PUSD Board President. Without LP, I don't think that I could have achieved a leadership role in Pasadena and have a chance to make Pasadena an even better place to live, work and play. Leadership Pasadena literally changed my life."--Tom Selinske, LP Class of 1999
"I enrolled in Leadership Pasadena when I decided to ramp-up my commitment to community services. The skills, the knowledge and relationships developed through Leadership Pasadena served as a critical springboard to taking on more significant leadership roles in our community." Andy Wilson, Pasadena City Council. LP Class of 2006
Each year, Leadership Pasadena delivers over 2,500 hours of direct community leadership training through our 8-month long community leadership development program and over 1,400 hours of civilian cultural training and community engagement to military veterans. Since beginning in 1999, Leadership Pasadena has completed over 50 community service projects for area non-profits and schools.
Thanks to our Program Sponsors
The Ahmanson Foundation. Southern California Gas Company and Foothill Transit! See our Thanks to Our Supporters page for more generous donors!
Leadership Pasadena is a powerful, hands-on, community leadership program that immerses you in Pasadena’s rich history, government, economics and world renowned organizations and institutions and also provides executive level leadership training. This is an energized, dynamic program for those who want to play an active role in Pasadena’s future. It challenges and engages emerging and existing leaders who come from a diverse array of professions, communities, ages and passions.
Graduates serve as knowledgeable leaders on non-profit Boards or staffs, city commissions and neighborhood associations, run for public office, lead socially responsible businesses or become empowered, engaged citizens. And, they find friendships based upon similar interests that last for years. Please see details on the page for the 8-mo Community Leadership Development Program under the "Program" tab.
While our intent is to benefit the greater Pasadena community, our participants benefit by becoming great leaders in their homes, neighborhoods and businesses as well.
Military veterans are welcomed into the community to lead and serve our cities through our Community Leadership Course for Veterans Initiative (CLCV™). This is a 6-month culturally competent, strength-based community leadership course for military veterans now living, working or studying in the San Gabriel Valley to effectively transition them into their new civilian lives through community leadership and service. Please see details on the page for the Community Leadership Course for Veterans under the "Program" tab.
We are proud members of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the Pasadena Executive Director Roundtable, Founders' Circle of the Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, CalNonProfits and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.
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Your in-kind and financial contributions allow Leadership Pasadena to create exceptional leaders for greater Pasadena's community who will collaborate and innovate to make the community a healthy, safe and prosperous home for everyone. Get involved. Engage. Make a commitment now!
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