Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in Worcester
See Worcester Like Never Before
About the Program
Meet Key Players in Worcester
Program Overview
Meet the Class of 2019
Meet the New Leaders
Learn and Grow Within a Network of Thinkers​
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Great cities attract and support leaders who are connected, prepared, and inspired. Leadership Worcester is your opportunity to gain access, expand your network, and experience Worcester like you never have before.

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Alumni
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Participating Employers
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Session Partners
"Civic leadership is critical to our region's success. Leadership Worcester sets the table for people to develop long standing relationships, gain insights into themselves and the community, and feel empowered to take meaningful action. We love this program!"
Ann Lisi
Ann Lisi
President & CEO at Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Leadership Worcester is a 9 month program that meets one Thursday each month from October to May.  At each monthly session, we explore different themes relevant to the Worcester community. Participants gain hands-on experiences, learn from influential local leaders, and forge connections that will move the region and each other forward.

Opening Retreat

Meet your cohort, assess your leadership style, and get oriented to the program.
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K-12 Education

What does it take for the third largest school district in the state to operate? We'll take a broad look at the district and its intersection with workforce development.
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Perceptions of Safety

Tour, learn and engage in conversations about the work being done to ensure a safe and welcoming city for all.
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Government

All government is local. Learn how local, state and federal all connect in Worcester against the backdrop of beautiful, historical locations.
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Economic Development

What does it take to create and maintain our strong, vibrant neighborhoods? Find out as we tour the city and chat with leaders on economic opportunity.
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Arts & Culture

Tour vibrant cultural organizations, hear from creatives and learn about inspired partnerships!
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Health

Learn about the actions being taken in Worcester to be recognized as the healthiest city and region in New England by 2020!
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Urban Sustainability

Does Worcester have sustainable infrastructure? Are we a leader in energy conservation? Learn the answers while we explore our green and blue spaces!
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Closing Ceremony

You made it! Reflect back on your year, celebrate and make your leadership declaration!
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"The support of many individuals, companies, and organizations makes Leadership Worcester a success. From the employers who encourage their staff to take part, to the organizations who allow us to learn from them, collaboration makes it possible and speaks to the cooperative spirit of our community."
Timothy Murray
Timothy Murray
President & CEO at Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Class of 2018 at Rice Square School

Leadership Worcester is a joint initiative of Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.