Blueprint for Leadership taps into the significant diverse talent in Berks County and trains individuals to serve in key leadership volunteer positions. The next course will begin in March 2021 and conclude with a class graduation. Throughout the course, participants will:
- Engage in the training sessions - seven morning workshops, one a week for five hours, followed by a graduation session
- Become aware of the influences that culture, values and beliefs have on how we interact with each other and to leverage that awareness into becoming an effective leader
- Sharpen the interpersonal skills needed to be a successful professional and to incorporate them into an effective individual work style
- Put new skills into practice through volunteer service with a local organization
- Enhance those skills through follow-up mentoring and group interchange
In 2019 the Blueprint for Leadership Program graduated 12 participants representing 10 companies and groups: Cambridge-Lee Industries; Carpenter Technology Corporation; East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.; EnerSys; Fulton Bank; Godiva Chocolatier; Met-Ed, a FirstEnergy Company; the Oakbrook Collective Impact Council; Penske Truck Leasing Co. L.P. and Tompkins VIST Bank. These graduates plan to advance their development and serve in leadership roles with varied community organizations, including Leadership Berks, United Way of Berks County’s Loaned Campaign Specialist Program and various area nonprofits. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was postponed in 2020.
United Way works with a committee of representatives from BB&T, Centro Hispano, EnerSys, the Etiquette Lady, Godiva Chocolatier, Inc., NHS of Greater Berks, Olivet Boys and Girl Club, Penske Truck Leasing Co., and Rip It Batting Cages to implement the program.