The Leadership Indiana County program cultivates, develops, and nurtures potential leaders within the community. It stimulates positive change by providing leadership training designed to identify, involve, educate, and motivate.  It encourages collaboration, trust and the ethical use of power, while taking participants through an experience of learning and creating.  In the end, the leaders learn not only about each other and the communities within Indiana County, but, more importantly, they learn about themselves. Specific benefits to the community include:

  • Identification and development of a new pool of leaders for Indiana County
  • Broadened knowledge of critical issues facing the county
  • Preparation of qualified individuals to assume leadership roles
  • Opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with community leaders
  • Further enhancement and new skill development of existing leaders
  • Increased commitment and a sense of responsibility to serve
  • Teamwork development and facilitated networking opportunities
  • Leadership skills training, such as problem solving, consensus building, decision making, etc…
  • Growth of an alumni network dedicated to Indiana County

At present, similar programs are being conducted in Cambria-Johnstown, Clearfield, Butler, Bedford, Huntingdon, Somerset and Blair counties, not to mention the extensive Leadership Pittsburgh program conducted in Allegheny County.

The Leadership Indiana County program is being offered by Dr. Erick Lauber and Betsy Lauber. Erick is a long-time leadership instructor both on and off the IUP campus where is a full professor in Communications. He is an applied cognitive psychologist and a specialist in interactive learning and Web 3.0 technologies. Betsy Lauber is a former small business owner, downtown manager, COO of a medium sized company, and for the past 11 years has been the executive director of the Foundation for IUP. Both Laubers have earned the “PA Central Top 100 Business People” designation. The curriculum they offer has been tried and tested through several iterations of the Leadership Indiana County program.  It consists of 10 lunch sessions plus a graduation ceremony.  It concentrates on building leaders not just for now but also for future environments.

Skill Curriculum

  • Board Training
  • Conflict Management
  • Strengths Development and Coaching
  • Assertiveness and Crucial Conversations
  • Leadership vs. Management
  • Goal Setting and Visioning
  • Problem Solving and Mental Agility
  • Feedback and Accountability
  • Creating Constructive Climates
  • Leadership Ethics

Regional Curriculum

  • History and culture
  • Local government
  • Economic development
  • Recreation and tourism
  • Education

The Fall 2023 program is filling up now.   Lunch will be provided for all participants. The classes are scheduled for Wednesdays from Sept 13th – Nov. 15th.  Every effort will be made to meet on these days unless scheduling special speakers/events is required.  Currently, the classes are scheduled to meet in the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center in downtown Indiana. To learn more about the program, feel free to click the “Instructor and Testimonials” button or contact Dr. Erick Lauber at info@TEcenter.org  The early selection deadline is July 20th. If seats are available, applications may be accepted until Aug. 20th.

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