More About the LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco

It is the goal of Today’s Action Tomorrow’s Leaders (TATL), and more specifically, their use of the LeadershipPLENTY® program to increase the number of trained, qualified people who can serve as future leaders in Waco’s civic, nonprofit and government arenas.


What is LeadershipPLENTY® Institute?

The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute is a training program developed by Civic Change, Inc. for people interested in developing and enhancing their leadership skills to allow them to work more effectively within their communities and respective organizations. Today’s Action Tomorrow’s Leaders (TATL), a steering committee established through the Community Visioning Project for the purpose of “equipping leaders,” implemented the program in the greater Waco area in 2011 and offers it to individuals who are selected to participate at no cost through underwriting provided by Waco Foundation. The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco was established by TATL to identify and develop leaders who are passionate about improving our community. The skills gained from the program are useful not only in helping to enhance our community and address important issues, but also serve to develop leaders within both the public and private sectors. The Institute has something to offer for everyone, from community volunteers to CEOs, sales professionals to teachers, church leaders to medical professionals, as well as stay-at-home parents who seek to be more effective in their children’s schools and volunteer work. Individuals representing both for-profit and nonprofit organizations can benefit from this training and the relationships built with fellow participants, facilitators, and LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco  alumni. The enhancement of our participants’ individual leadership skills and, more generally, the cultivation of effective leadership will impact our community for the better.

Why LeadershipPLENTY® Institute?

LeadershipPlenty® has been offered in other cities, evaluated repeatedly and has consistently proven to be successful in improving participant skills and knowledge in developing community partnerships, addressing community problems and promoting communication and collaboration amongst diverse constituencies. The program’s curriculum provides practical tools for developing and strengthening the civic leadership skills of those who may not consider themselves leaders but have much to offer their communities, as well as the skills of individuals who currently hold leadership positions but still have things to learn.

Is The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute for me?

The LeadershipPLENTY® Institutevis unique because it is designed for individuals of various backgrounds, occupations and experiences. The program also specifically reaches out to people who have a passion and interest in the continued development of Waco. Examples of who may benefit from the program:

  • Neighborhood residents who want new skills to bring to old problems
  • Regional organizations that want to increase the capacity of local leaders to work together and achieve results
  • Citizens from rural communities who want to use local talent and assets to create a sustainable future
  • Nonprofit organizations that want to maximize the impact of their staff and volunteers
  • Established leaders who want to build a new set of skills and relationships


What is Required to Participate in The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute?

LeadershipPLENTY® is a comprehensive training program. The curriculum is delivered using 9 modules and a practicum on race relations. Participants attend 10 consecutive, one-day sessions over the course of several months and delivered on a semi-monthly or similarly scheduled basis. Each class is approximately 4 to 5 hours in length, and the next round is slated to begin September 2018. We are pleased to offer this training to individuals in the greater Waco and McLennan County area at no financial cost due to generous underwriting from Waco Foundation. But, there are other requirements and commitments that participants need to be prepared to make.

Commitment of Time. LeadershipPLENTY® is a comprehensive training program. The curriculum is delivered using 9 modules and a practicum on race relations. Participants attend 10 consecutive, one-day sessions over the course of several months (each module is no more than 5 hours in length) and delivered on a semi-monthly or similarly scheduled basis.

Participants are expected to attend all 10 consecutive sessions to be eligible for graduation. Because absences, late arrivals and early departures impact group dynamics, participants are expected to attend all sessions in their entirety. If you are aware of absences that will hinder your full participation, you are encouraged to postpone applying until a more opportune time. To learn more about the program’s commitments, download a copy of the LeadershipPlenty® Institute Commitment form here.

Commitment to Engage. The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute is a comprehensive training program. As previously mentioned, attending the course sessions are only part of the process. The second part of the equation is in the area of engagement. If you are not already actively engaged in the civic or nonprofit arena, then you will be asked to volunteer your time and energies to a local effort that aligns with your interest. Individuals interested solely in acquiring new skills for their own professional development are encouraged to access private sector leadership development offerings.

When does The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute take place?

The 2018-2019 LeadershipPLENTY® Institute begins September 25, 2018 and runs through February 26, 2019 with the ten classes planned roughly ever two weeks with the exception of the holiday season. Applications are due by midnight on August 15, 2018.

•Two classes will be held each day of the LeadershipPLENTY® Institute–one during the Morning from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and another in the evening from  5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The evening class will only be offered if it is requested by more than 8 applicants, but demand has generally been high for both classes and they have been filled to capacity in recent rounds.  Applicants are asked to note their preferred time frame on the application.

2018-2019 LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco Calendar:

TBD  Fall 2018 – Meet & Greet Reception

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – MODULE 1 (Finding Leaders Within)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – MODULE 2 (Identifying Community Assets)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – MODULE 3 (Managing Groups for Results)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – MODULE 4 (Making Meetings Work Better)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – MODULE 5 (Managing Conflict)

Wednesday, December 11, 2018 – MODULE 6 (Building Strategic Partnerships)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – MODULE 7 (Moving from Talk to Action)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – MODULE 8 (Valuing Evaluation)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – MODULE 9 (Communicating for Change)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – MODULE 10 (Facing the Challenge of Racism and Race Relations)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Graduation and Reception

To apply for LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco, click here.

To nominate someone for the LeadershipPLENTY® Institute-Waco, click here.

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