Leadership Berks

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The Executive Program is an exclusive “fast-track” community orientation program that introduces key leaders to community-related issues in an intimate, interactive setting. The program provides a backdrop for Berks County’s past, present and future, as well as insights into the systems that drive Berks County.

The program consists of four week-day evening sessions and one Saturday daytime session.

Each session provides a wealth of information about Berks County that will assist participants in responding to local community needs in light of the history, culture, current challenges and the economics of the area.

Along with a group of other high-level decision makers, participants gain valuable guidance in their consideration of business and community activities. Their personal lives are enhanced through the valuable friendships acquired through the program.

Ideal Participant

The Executive Program is intended for those leaders who have recently accepted positions of influence in Berks County, who wish to learn more about our community, and who know the value of connecting with their peers to explore opportunities for improving the quality of their professional and personal life.

Recent Topics

  • Commerce, Industry & Economic Development
  • Government and Politics
  • Alumni & Networking Social-The Reading Public Museum
  • Healthcare in Berks-Sponsored by Reading Hospital and Medical Center
  • Art, Culture & History of Berks-Tour of Berks County
  • Nonprofits, Leadership, & Service

Recent Locations

  • Albright College Freedman Gallery
  • The Wyndham Hotel
  • Goggleworks Center for the Arts
  • Canal Street Pub & Restaurant
  • Reading Hospital and Medical Center
  • Reading Symphony Orchestra
  • The Reading Public Museum
  • The Historical Society of Berks County
  • The Sterling Mansion & Guest Hotel

Recent Session Sponsors

  • Albright College
  • The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
  • Stevens + Lee
  • MISCO Products Corporation

Application and Tuition

Applications for the executive program are considered year-round.  The program is available as the market demands.

Individual & Spouse -$1800 (Best Value)
Individual Only-$1500

Message from Recent Executive Program Participants

"My wife Cathy and I were newcomers both to the United States and Berks County. We found the informal atmosphere of the Leadership Berks Executive Series very welcoming. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to network with other executives and familiarize ourselves with local business, government, history and culture." —Sid Forrest, VP Human Resources, EnerSys '04

"I recently moved to the area to occupy a senior management position in public education. As a graduate of another leadership program, I was very impressed with the comprehensiveness of the Executive Series Program. I was afforded several opportunities to network with local professionals and was continually exposed to the history, government, culture, and charm of the area." —Art McDonnell, '06

Benefits for Employers

  • Exposes company executives to new insights into community needs
  • Strengthens a company's involvement and participation in community issues
  • Provides new access to networks of community leaders and different resources
  • Allows public recognition for a company’s involvement in the community

Benefits for the Executive Participants

  • Creates opportunities for contacts with other influential community leaders
  • Provide executives with exposure to other high-level decision makers
  • Enhances executive leadership skills in effective community and relationship building
  • Expands knowledge and sensitivity about people, systems, assets and community issues
  • Enriches community networks to which leaders need exposure


Benefits for the Community

  • Develops leaders with an enhanced knowledge for key community leadership positions
  • Expands the pool of executives with greater sensitivity to diverse populations
  • Enhances a greater appreciation of current and emerging community issues
  • Encourages innovative partnerships between the public, private and nonprofit sectors




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