Western Connecticut leaders Barbara Ajello and Gail Seymour during the 2016 environment session led by the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy. Photo by Rich Pomerantz.
Western Connecticut Leadership (WCL), a program of Connecticut Community Foundation, provides seasoned leaders, former professionals and those seeking a deeper connection to their communities with opportunities to learn more about the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills region, engage locally to make positive changes, and connect with like-minded peers.
Through nine top-notch learning sessions at diverse venues throughout the region, participants enjoy behind-the-scenes site visits and off-the-record conversations with knowledgeable experts from Connecticut’s nonprofit and public sectors. Each session is designed to highlight community needs and spark ideas for solutions and opportunities to create change.
WCL aims to “match need with know-how” by inspiring and informing participants to get involved after completing the program with local nonprofit organizations in need of their time, wisdom and talents ― as hands-on volunteers or as board members.
Graduates of the program can also continue learning during ongoing alumni events, which include numerous social-cultural and educational experiences.
Since 2014, over 100 people have completed the Western Connecticut Leadership program.
Applications are now open for the class beginning in September 2018.