Applications sought for leadership program

APPLICATIONS TAKEN—Participants in a previous year’s Leadership Culver City class, prior to COVID, enjoy the benefits of the program. (Candance Pilgram-Simmons)

Leadership Culver City has released a statement to announce that it is seeking applicants for the 2022 class, after taking two years off due to the COVID pandemic. This year’s class will begin in September.

“Interested individuals may find additional information and apply by visiting the website The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 2, but we encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible as participation in the program is limited,” as reported in a press release.

Leadership Culver City, they say, “aims to encourage greater participation in civic affairs, and “is a joint project of the City of Culver City, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, the Exchange Club of Culver City, West Los Angeles College and the Center for Nonprofit Management. The program entails a monthly meeting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month, from September through May. The first meeting will be Sept. 16, 2022. A graduation ceremony will be held in June 2023.”

The LCC program provides training in leadership and communications skills. “In addition, outside speakers make presentations about and discuss issues facing Culver City,” the statement reads. “Graduates of the program have gone on to run for public office and to serve as commissioners and as directors on the boards of nonprofit organizations.”

Everyone over 18 years old can apply, if they live or work in Culver City. LCC asks that all participants are able to attend all sessions. “In addition to the information sharing that occurs at each session, participants will work in teams on a group project and will prepare personal statements of commitment to civic engagement, which they will present at the graduation ceremony.”

The program costs $900, which includes all materials plus breakfast and lunch. “A limited number of scholarships of as much as $300 are available to those in need of financial aid,” they said. “The class is limited to 24 participants to ensure maximum interaction with our speakers and one another.”

Applications can be received at