A two-day retreat held in September that focuses on self-assessment of leadership skills and introduces participants to the region and to LPV’s leadership philosophy as well as Leadership Lab projects.


This curriculum is designed specifically for community leadership programs providing a thought-provoking roadmap for training leaders based on the principles of positive psychology. Positive Leadership focuses on seven interconnected capacities: authenticity, purpose, advocacy, resilience, community-building, reason, and gratitude.


These day-long seminars (4 sessions) focus on 21st century leadership skills.


These day-long experiences (4 sessions) take place around the region, introducing participants to local leaders, the diversity of the Pioneer Valley, and community challenges and assets in the region, such as education, sustainability, transportation, and the regional economy.


Participants are divided into teams as an opportunity to tackle regional issues and to fine-tune their leadership skills in a hands-on way. The Leadership Lab takes place in two phases. Phase 1 is a small project focused on a subregion designed to give the team an early “win” and to build team confidence. Phase 2 is a larger project, completed at the request of a community partner. Local non-profit organizations submit proposals and teams are encouraged to select a project that resonates with all team members. Each team is provided a dedicated coach (a LEAP Alumni) who observes, provides support, and asks questions to deepen their team learning while encouraging team members to engage in the process. Coaches also serve as a general resource for the teams throughout the learning lab process.


The class of 2021 will meet twice a month from January through graduation in June. Most sessions will be half day. We anticipate being virtual.

January 14/15- Retreat

Feb: 12 & 26

March 12 & 26

April 16 & 30

May 14 & 28

June 11

Graduation June 22

Who Is It For?

Emerging and existing leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors

Applicant Requirements

Tuition Cost

The full tuition cost is $3,500. Tuition assistance is available on an as needed basis. Tuition covers all costs including food, retreats, day-long field and challenge days, one full year of LPV membership, LEAP and member events during the program year. Check out Brennan Scholarship for public servants.


Rachel Cook

Program Manager

(413) 737-3876.