The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco

Recognizing that “broad-based community leadership is critical for long-term, positive community change,” Today’s Action Tomorrow’s Leaders rolled out its first program, The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco in the fall of 2011.

The program’s goal is to “strengthen the skills of those who hold leadership positions and make civic leadership training available to those who may not [necessarily] consider themselves leaders, but have much to offer their communities.” Created by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change (and now overseen by Civic Change, Inc.), the LeadershipPLENTY® curriculum provides a 10 module course on civic engagement that has been proven effective in communities across the country.

In 2011 and June 2015, Waco Foundation underwrote the training of our roster of 60 certified trainers, all leaders within the greater Waco from a variety of fields, in order to establish The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute in our community. After six rounds of the program, interest in the Institute continues to grow and enrollment has more than doubled, with each class filled to capacity.

LeadershipPLENTY® Institute Curriculum topics include:

  • Finding Leaders Within
  • Identifying Community Assets
  • Managing Groups for Results
  • Making Meetings Work Better
  • Managing Conflict
  • Building Strategic Partnerships
  • Moving From Talk to Action
  • Valuing Evaluation
  • Communicating for Change
  • Facing the Challenge of Racism & Race Relations

To learn more about the LeadershipPLENTY® Institute curriculum, click here.

To apply to The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco, click here for the application.

To nominate someone you think would be an excellent candidate for The LeadershipPlenty® Institute-Waco, click here.

A nomination is not required to apply. Nominations simply help us to identify emerging leaders throughout our community who might not be familiar with The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute.

For more information about The LeadershipPlenty® Institute-Waco, please contact Catherine Haynes Bauer at or at 254-754-3404.