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Investing in northern Santa Barbara County social sector leaders

“Vibrant communities are dependent on an ever-expanding base of strong, supported and nurtured leadership.”

Leading From Within invests in leaders serving the public good. Thanks to the support of the Santa Barbara and Weingart Foundations, we will be deepening our support of the northern Santa Barbara County communities by launching our Leading for Community Impact program (LCI) in November. Our goal is to invest in leaders in the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley and surrounding communities, who are on the front lines of serving many of Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable members of our community.

Our communities are abundant with assets including a vibrant agricultural sector, growing business community, and culturally diverse residents who are dedicated, caring and proud. Our communities also face the difficult and entrenched challenges associated with poverty – like parents who are under and unemployed, immigrants seeking to fit into the fabric of their new community, and families who live without a safety net.  These challenges require leaders to have a complex set of leadership skills.  As with all thriving communities, it is vitally important to develop and support the current and next generation of nonprofit and other social sector leaders.

Leading for Community Impact is a 12-month program that assembles a select cohort from northern Santa Barbara County of seasoned social sector leaders and rising stars with great potential.  This program guides them through a rigorous, relevant and applied curriculum.

Imagine a Safe Place to Invest in Your Leadership

Leading for Community Impact is designed to provide a unique, powerful professional development opportunity for nonprofit leaders.  We create a safe, reflective, and supportive learning environment where participants can cultivate deep connections with peers, mentors, and community leaders and safely take risks on behalf of your personal development.  The program is designed to help participants increase the impact of their leadership on their organization and in the community at large.  In this leadership program, you will explore your leadership style, while being given the reflect space and learning community to reconnect with your purpose. You will lead with a new mindset, skills & strategies to put into action in your organization immediately.

Consider a Powerful,  Rejuvenating, Growth Experience

Leading for Community Impact will engage social sector leaders in a range of professionally relevant curriculum including:

  • Cutting edge tools and research on management and leadership, presented by experienced facilitators
  • Approaches & skills to foster impact, effectiveness, collaboration and sustained commitment
  • Knowledge and insights about the distinctive characteristics and dynamics of nonprofit organizations and our communities
  • Connections with community leaders and resources
  • A new network of colleagues with a common purpose — to support each other’s leadership today and well-beyond the program

To Learn More

  • Read program description on website
  • Attend an information session.  Information sessions for the 2017-18 Leading for Community Impact program will be scheduled in the summer of 2017.
  • Email lead trainer Christa Roth with your questions


Applications for the 2017-18 cohort will be accepted starting in early September 2017.  If you want to receive notification of when registration opens, please email our Administrative Director Sarah Harris at

We are here to help.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact us at 805-770-3232.

>Learn more about Leading for Community Impact Application process, including Who Should Apply, Commitment, Fees & Dates

>Learn more about Leading From Within Programs

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