About Western Connecticut Leadership

A program of Connecticut Community Foundation, Western Connecticut Leadership (WCL) is an extraordinary eight-session program for proven leaders and accomplished professionals that provides in-depth understanding of current Connecticut issues and community needs. Sessions include behind-the-scenes site visits and off-the-record conversations with key leaders from Connecticut’s nonprofit and public sectors.

Western Connecticut Leadership matches need with know-how and may culminate in the participants’ engagement in meaningful board and volunteer opportunities.

Program graduates can also participate in ongoing WCL alumni events which offer an easy and rewarding way to stay connected and further build upon the rich foundation laid during the eight-session program.

Why Should You Become a Western Connecticut Leader?

You will gain a top-notch “education” delivered in an exceptionally engaging manner.  
Highly interactive, this program takes a unique approach, providing focused, relevant and provocative keynote speakers, panel discussions, behind-the-scenes site visits, and walking tours that give keen insights into the issues impacting your local community.

You will enjoy ample opportunities to forge interesting new relationships. 
Participants are all individuals with “know-how”… leaders in their own right. By the program’s conclusion— after exchanging ideas and sharing perspectives during question and answer and discussion sessions, at breakfasts and lunches, while riding the bus and touring facilities, during breaks and afternoon cocktail hours—you will have gotten to know colleagues as resources and as people with whom you may regularly dine long after the program is over!

You will likely discover something new that resonates with you in a fresh and meaningful way.
You are afforded opportunities to learn about local organizations and venues where you can choose to contribute your interests, skills and talents to make a difference. Literature and contacts will be shared, and volunteer and board opportunities will be highlighted as part of each session.