Leadership Culver City
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.
The program begins with a one-day leadership retreat in September, followed by eight sessions and concluding with a graduation ceremony/dinner in June.
Participants will work in teams on a group project of their choosing and will prepare a written statement of personal commitment to civic engagement at graduation.
Your Leadership Laboratory
Learn about your city
Discover Culver City topics:
Mobility & Transportation
Housing & Community
Business & Economy
Education & Workforce
Environment & Sustainability
Social & Nonprofit Organizations
City Govt & Public Agencies
Arts & The Creative Economy
Find your potential
Develop your skills in areas such as:
Listening & Coaching
Managing Difficult Conversations
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
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:
2022 Dates: Fri Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16
2023 Dates: Fri Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19
June 2023 TBD: Evening Graduation Ceremony
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.”
“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.”
“Leadership Culver City gave me a greater understanding of how many different parts of the city connect the entire community.”