About Western Connecticut Leadership

Western Connecticut Leadership (WCL), an extraordinary nine-session program for proven leaders and accomplished professionals has provided in-depth understanding of current Connecticut issues and community needs. Sessions have included behind-the-scenes site visits and off-the-record conversations with key leaders from Connecticut’s nonprofit and public sectors.

A program of Connecticut Community Foundation, Western Connecticut Leadership has aimed to match need with know-how and has culminated in participants’ engagement in meaningful board and volunteer opportunities.

In its fifth year, the Foundation is taking the important step of conducting an evaluation of WCL. As a learning organization, we believe it is essential to take stock of the program and be open to changes we can make to ensure that it is effective, is aligned with our mission and is meeting needs in the region we serve. We are working with TDC, a Boston-based nonprofit consulting group, which is conducting research and speaking with alumni, WCL leadership, program volunteers and Foundation staff in order to provide a clearer picture of the program’s impact in the community and the experiences of WCL participants. We look forward to sharing the results of TDC’s evaluation and the Foundation’s next steps with you in 2019.

In order to allow us to absorb the evaluation report and consider potential adjustments and improvements, the Foundation has decided to pause the WCL program, meaning we will not be holding the nine-day program in the fall of 2019.

During this time, program graduates can continue to 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 nine-session program.