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.

Graduates from the 2017 class.

Graduating class of the Fall 2015 Leadership Indiana County program

Additional graduates from the Fall 2015 Leadership Indiana County program

Graduation Day for participants.

Graduates from the Spring 2015 class. Missing are Dana Monroe and Kristin Rombaugh.

The Leadership Indiana County program is being offered by Dr. Erick Lauber, Director of Leadership Training and Research at the MARTI institute at IUP.  The curriculum is being provided by Life Framing International, an edutainment media and software publishing company.  The program consists of 13 two-hour sessions conducted over the lunch hour plus a graduation ceremony.  It contains a three-part curriculum: skill development and “learn about our region” curricula and a community service project.

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 2019 program is filling up now.   Lunch will be provided for all participants. The classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from Sept 2nd – Dec. 3rd (skipping Nov. 26th.)  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 Small Business Incubator conference room at the IUP Robertshaw Bldg. Parking is free and right next to the building for students of the class. To learn more about the program, feel free to print the LIC Application 2019  or contact Dr. Erick Lauber at elauber@iup.edu.   Feel free to visit this page to see the application.

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