Are you ready to join the premier leadership development program in the Alle-Kiski Valley?

Leadership Alle-Kiski Valley (LAKV) is a nine-month leadership skill building, business networking and community service program. Participants meet and talk with government, business and community leaders to better understand the opportunities and successes in our region.  Focus is placed on leadership skills that can be applied in the workplace. Employers who sponsor their employees participation benefit from informed and engaged employees with enhanced professional networks. A representative program year looks like this:

September: A 24-hour Retreat at the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center includes leadership challenge discussions, expectations for the program year and outdoor experiences.

October: The Human Services session brings together important and compelling organizations in our area that address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.

November: The Marketing & Fundraising session provides the participants with insight into media relationships, promotional techniques and money-raising strategies that can be applied in the workplace and in community organizations.

December: Healthcare continues to evolve and challenge as an issue in our lives. Participants gain understanding of what is driving accessibility, cost, service, and quality from executives and hands-on healthcare providers.

January:  Talking with our local, state and federal (when available) Government representatives is an opportunity to better understand what happens behind the scenes and make valuable connections.

February:  The Law & Justice session includes a conversation with a Presiding Judge, an overview of policing in Pennsylvania, a presentation by parole professionals, and a tour of an operating prison.

March:  Education is critical to the sustainability and growth of our communities. A University Chancellor, high school educators and administrators, and employment professionals come together to address funding and testing issues, developing tomorrow’s workforce and challenges facing our youth.

April: Economic Development is critical to our region’s growth. The participants are hosted by a local company for the day and learn from leaders in our business community.

May:  To wrap up the year, the participants enjoy a day of Culture & Community Life. This past year included a half-day of service with Habitat for Humanity and a private tour of the Rachel Carson Homestead.

  • Sessions are held on the second Thursday of the month throughout the AK Valley and normally start at 8 a.m. and end by 4:00 p.m.
  • Participants observe a board to better understand board operations and meeting management.
  • Leadership mini-workshops incorporated throughout the year may include conflict resolution, time management, professional networking, presentation skills, and leading change.
  • Program cost is $1200 including the retreat, all meals and session materials.
  • For more information call 724-681-4109.