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“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood. As we do so, we will find our path of authentic service in the world.”
-Parker J. Palmer


Our communities need inspired, capable, and connected leaders. But the system in which our leaders operate is too often characterized by dysfunction, division, and a lack of investment. Leading From Within invests in leaders to make meaningful changes on complex community challenges in Santa Barbara County and beyond. We bring social sector leaders together to:

  • grow as individuals and improve their effectiveness as leaders,
  • sustain each other as peers to keep leading and learning, and
  • increase their capacity to be collaborators for the common good.

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Leadership Programs

We train, develop, connect, and support all social sector leaders in a shared leadership practice, culture, and experience.

As a result, leaders amplify their ability to address issues important to our community. 

Alumni Communities

We cultivate ongoing learning and access to resources and opportunities for collaboration between Leading From Within alumni.

Impact Network

Investing in our leaders creates positive, exponential impacts – to the individual, the organization, the sector, and the community.

We design and create community impact vehicles that seek to facilitate the fertile ground for social innovation and collaboration among the network.

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