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LPI takes participants through 10 modules led by licensed facilitators, who are leaders and experts across various industries and organizations in Waco.


Individuals must submit an online application to be considered for the LPI program. If you know of someone who could benefit from participation in the Institute, you can nominate them, and they will receive an email notification inviting them to apply to The LeadershipPlenty® Institute-Waco.

Participants are expected to attend all ten half-day sessions from October to February. Separate morning and evening classes are offered on the same day to accommodate differing schedules. Participants are required to attend the session they are accepted to (preferences are accommodated when possible). Morning sessions are held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and evening sessions are held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


LPI is offered to participants at no cost through underwriting provided by the Waco Foundation as an Investment in the future success of our community.



• Finding Leaders Within
• Identifying Community Assets
• Managing Groups for Results
• Making Meetings Work Better
• Managing Conflict
• Building Strategic Partnerships
• Moving From Talk to Action
• Valuing Evaluation
• Communicating for Change
• Facing the Challenge of Racism & Race Relations


Program graduates are encouraged to find opportunities to contribute to their community tangibly and seek out new opportunities to engage in a civic capacity. It is up to each graduate to determine how they wish to contribute to their community or organization.


Recognizing that “broad-based community leadership is critical for long-term, positive community change,” the LeadershipPlenty® Institute (LPI), created by Civic Change, Inc., was established in Waco in 2011 to identify and develop passionate leaders to improve our community and has been run annually for over a decade.

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"LPI helped not only prepare me but also gave me the confidence to be effective on local boards.”

- Ilda Sabido


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