Leadership Berks

Core Program

The Core Program is designed to identify emerging and current leaders; train them about good governance practices; provide issues-based community orientation; and engage them as community leaders on local nonprofit boards and committees. Read more about our program, or Apply Now.

About Leadership Berks

Leadership Berks is a program dedicated to developing, supporting, and connecting community leaders in Berks County. Choose from our Core Program to enhance your learning experience.


To learn more about Leadership Berks and it's benefits, please watch our video.

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Toni Eckert

Toni Eckert

Director, Leadership Berks
Director of Outreach Programs

Phone: 610.790.1930

Dom Rinaudo

Alumni Spotlight

Dominic Rinaudo, ’07

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumna/alumnus of Leadership Berks in recognition for distinguished volunteer service and support for Leadership Berks programs. The award recipient’s personal and professional accomplishments exemplify excellence in leadership, exceptional community leadership, and extraordinary commitment to community engagement and service to others.

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Alumni Council

The mission of the alumni council is to foster and expand the personal, professional, and community leadership benefits enjoyed by Alumnus and support the ideals of Leadership Berks by assisting with the achievement of the organization’s objectives.

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Community Engagement

Service Learning Projects

(Sept.-May) 300+ hours
Program participants function as mini consulting teams by completing Service Learning Projects for Leadership Berks or community organizations. This unique learning experience provides participants the opportunity to apply their expertise and professional skills as well as concepts learned in the Leadership Berks classroom to meet project goals and objectives.

For the 2016-2017 program cycle, participants’ efforts within this program requirement will benefit the nonprofit and broader community through targeted Leadership Berks initiatives. Leadership Berks is excited about our plans for this year and are already fast at work on feature focuses that will build greater capacity and highlight our nonprofit and community partners. More details will unfold over the 2016-2017 program year.  

In July 2017, Leadership Berks will resume regular solicitation of external project proposals from nonprofit and community organizations.

Nonprofits & Boards

Leadership Berks provides great benefits to local nonprofit and community organizations.

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Faculty & Presenters

Many Berks area community leaders regularly take time to present lectures and projects to our Leadership Berks classes.

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Sponsors & Supporters

Many local employers sponsor participants in the programs year after year.

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