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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. The LPI application review committee selects up to 25 participants per class section each year. Chosen participants will be notified by email after applications close. 

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.


Thanks to the generous underwriting by the Waco Foundation, the $1,500 LPI program tuition per participant is fully covered, resulting in no direct cost to applicants.



• Module 1: Finding Leaders Within
• Module 2: Identifying Community Assets
• Module 3: Managing Groups for Results
• Module 4: Making Meetings Work Better
• Module 5: Managing Conflict
• Module 6: Building Strategic Partnerships
• Module 7: Moving From Talk to Action
• Module 8: Valuing Evaluation
• Module 9: Communicating for Change
• Module 10: Facing the Challenge of Racism & Race Relations


Program graduates are encouraged to find tangible ways to contribute to their communities and to seek out new civic engagement opportunities. Each graduate has the autonomy to decide how they wish to make a difference in their community or organization. Board service is a highly recommended next step after completing the LPI program.

Additionally, we invite all alumni to actively participate in the alumni segment of the program, which includes quarterly events such as networking hours, lunch and learns, community service projects, and collaborative events with other organizations in Waco. We also host a quarterly book club. Alumni should check their email and follow LPI social media channels for updates on alumni events.


In 2005, the Waco Community Visioning Project launched the 'Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Leaders' (TATL) steering committee to address community needs. Through their efforts, one crucial gap surfaced: the lack of diverse, equitable, and accessible leadership. 

Recognizing that 'broad-based community leadership is critical for long-term, positive community change,' the LeadershipPlenty® Institute (LPI) was created by Civic Change, Inc. to identify and develop passionate leaders to improve communities. In 2011, TATL introduced LPI to Waco, Texas. 

For over a decade, LPI has annually empowered leaders in Waco, fostering inclusivity to propel local progress. The program, hosted and guided by Baylor University's Office of External Affairs, receives generous underwriting and support from the Waco Foundation.

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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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