Leadership Berks
Stephanie Kane

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 or the Executive 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

Kim Hippert

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.

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Alumni Spotlight

Peter M. Butera, ’04

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 are assigned to a peer team to address a service learning project benefiting a local organization that allows for practical field experience with consideration to both participants interests and skills and the needs of the project. Recent examples include: feasibility or brand awareness studies, event planning, and marketing or communication plans. 

Proposals for 2015-2016 will be accepted until 7/30/15.  To submit a proposal, click here.

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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