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Leadership Culver City

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What is Leadership Culver City?
  • A nine-month program in community leadership for individuals who live or work in Culver City and who are interested in increasing their knowledge about and engagement with community assets and issues. 

  • An introduction to civic literacy through a series of monthly activities/exercises that expand the participants’ knowledge of Culver City: its governance, its businesses, its services, and its people.

  • A joint project of the City of Culver City, West Los Angeles College, Culver City Chamber of Commerce, the Exchange Club of Culver City, and the Center for Nonprofit Management.

How is Leadership Culver City structured?

Through the course of the program, participants will consider, from multiple perspectives, one overarching question:

How do we sustain and enhance a livable Culver City for the next century?

  • Tentatively scheduled topics of discussion will include: Mobility & Transportation, Housing & Community Development, Business & Economic Development, Education & Workforce Development, Non-Profit Organizations & Social Services, City Government & Public Agencies, and Arts & The Creative Economy, Environment & Sustainability 

  • Participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations with community and business leaders, advocates, and change agents at each monthly session.

  • Sessions will be held on the 3rd Friday of each month starting in September and ending in May. Sessions run from 8:00am until 3:00pm and include a continental breakfast and lunch. There will be a luncheon graduation ceremony held in June.

  • Participants will work in teams on a group project of their choosing and will present a statement of personal commitment to civic engagement at graduation.

Your Leadership Laboratory

Civic Literacy

Learn about your city

Discover Culver City topics:

Mobility & Transportation

Housing & Community

Business & Economy

Education & Workforce

Environment & Sustainability

Nonprofit & Social Services

City Govt & Public Services

Arts & The Creative Economy

Leadership Training

Find your potential

Develop your skills in areas such as:

Connective Leadership

Communication Styles

Implicit Bias

Listening & Coaching

Effective Teams


Meeting Facilitation

Managing Difficult Conversations

Community Project

Make an impact

Create your own impact project:

Team up with your peers

Find your civic passion

Learn hands-on leadership

Work with local organizations

Build relationships with neighbors

Organize a community event

Develop marketing & publicity

Make an impact in your community

The Details

Schedule: All sessions will be held on the 3rd Friday of each month, 8am - 3pm, unless otherwise noted. Sessions will be held at various locations throughout Culver City:

  • 2023 Dates: Fri Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15 (subject to change)

  • 2024 Dates: Fri Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17

  • June 2024 TBD: Graduation Luncheon

Cost: The total cost of the program is $900, which includes all learning materials, meals, and graduation reception. The Center for Nonprofit management will notify you about accepted methods of payment.

Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships will be available. Scholarship applications should be requested via email at 

Eligibility: Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in Culver City, and have a genuine interest in the challenges and opportunities that face our community. Each application will be reviewed by the Leadership Culver City Working Group. 

Cohort: Participation will be limited to 24 participants to maximize opportunities for discussion and engagement with guest speakers and presenters.

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Students Success Stories

“Leadership Culver City provided me with a comprehensive overview of how the city operates and highlighted the work of each of the city's departments. It challenged me to think outside of the box when considering solutions to our city's most pressing issues.”

Freddy Puza

“Leadership Culver City has given me the insight and courage to speak up and share experiences with the Culver City Mayors, Council Members, State Assembly Members, Senators, and join or co-chair committees to help shape the world around me, beyond my vote.”

Candance Pilgrim-Simmons

“Leadership Culver City gave me a greater understanding of how many different parts of the city connect the entire community.”

Denice Renteria

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