About Leadership Wilkes-Barre

Our Mission:

The mission of Leadership Wilkes-Barre is to develop informed and committed leaders from all segments of the community who will serve, strengthen and improve Northeastern Pennsylvania. Hundreds of people connect with LWB every year through our six Leadership programs, community impact project initiatives and active alumni network. There are multiple entry points into the organization offering varying degrees of opportunity to explore your potential, widen your sphere of influence, engage in authentic relationships with other leaders, and ultimately impact the quality of life in our region.

Our Programs:

Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s diverse portfolio of leadership development programs engage various levels of developing professionals, from high school juniors to senior executives (please click here to download a full history of LWB), Our leadership programs provide established and aspiring leaders with comprehensive leadership training and unparalleled access to key people and resources necessary for inspiring and producing positive regional change. Participants learn about the assets and challenges of Northeastern Pennsylvania as well as how they can contribute to its progress.

Our program portfolio includes:
– LWB Core Program
– Impact: Leadership in Education
– Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre
– Intercollegiate Leadership Wilkes-Barre
– Executive Leadership Wilkes-Barre
– Professional Development

More than 10,500 participants have graduated from Leadership Wilkes-Barre programs, and our alumni have been inspired to launch new nonprofit agencies, start businesses, and run for political offices. They serve on hundreds of boards and provide thousands of hours of volunteer service. LWB alumni are leaders who make a difference.

Get Involved!

Do you want to get involved with Leadership Wilkes-Barre? Apply for one of our leadership programs, help fund a scholarship, or participate in our events and opportunities throughout the year. We are working together to strengthen Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Leadership for a Thriving Region

Leadership Development * Community Awareness * Connection
We Educate Leaders. We Connect Leaders. We Facilitate the Important Conversations.

We are often asked, what exactly is Leadership Wilkes-Barre? This is a complicated answer… To put it simply, for 37 years, we have offered transformative, intensive programs in personal and professional development, focusing on leadership skills, community awareness and networking. This private, nonprofit organization was developed by community leaders to strengthen and transform communities, and to ensure the progress of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

But the truth is, we are an opportunity. Leadership Wilkes-Barre is an example of what can be accomplished when politics and personal agendas are set aside, and individuals come together motivated by positive reinforcement, funded by a sense of duty to give back and educated to realize their potential, to understand the need for and the impact of their contribution.

As an organization made up – not by bricks and mortar, or acreage, or even profit – but by the people who believe in its mission, we are a force for good in a time when so many confusing messages get in the way of progress.
Leadership Wilkes-Barre is an opportunity to connect with your community, with servant leadership, with countless new friends, and more often than not, with yourself. Alumni from any one of our programs can attest to this connection, and remember the moments in which they were inspired to do more, be more, empowered to affect positive change, the moments when they reconnect with who they are and discover the best versions of themselves.

Leadership Wilkes-Barre believes in and works for the future of Northeastern Pennsylvania. We exist because private industry, education, government, individuals and families have seamlessly come together to support our efforts. We are a living example of how collaboration works, and the power of expecting more from one another, of rising above to achieve great things.

We believe in the potential and the inherent goodness of those involved with our mission, and we believe in your potential to be a part of this movement.

We invite you to explore our programs and learn more about who we are.