Community Leadership Program

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With the support of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and the Communityworks  partnership, Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business offers a Community Leadership Program (CLP) that targets the professional and personal development of emerging and existing leaders in the Oak Park and River Forest area. Over a nine-month period, program participants work with Brennan facilitators and dozens of experts in various venues to discuss and enhance their skills in areas including creative problem solving, developing and managing talent, negotiation and conflict resolution, project management and strategic planning. In addition to building a network of contacts within the communities, the participants also form teams to work on developing projects that will benefit the communities.

In order to develop these community focused leaders, we seek participants who are:

  • Most likely to use their leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the communities;
  • Sincerely committed to and interested in serving the communities in key leadership roles; and
  • Representative of the diversity of the communities.

Directory of all CLP graduates and projects.


Community Leadership Program participants should:

  • Have lived and/or worked in the Oak Park or River Forest area for at least one year;
  • Intend to remain in the area for at least three years;
  • Be able to attend all program sessions – no more than two sessions may be missed; and
  • Be willing and able to spend 4-6 hours per month outside of the sessions on the team project.

The program cost is $2,000. If you have questions about the program or about partial scholarships that may be available, please contact us at the Brennan School of Business at 708-524-6810 or

Community Leadership Program

Sessions for 2015-2016: October 16, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10

  • All sessions meet on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Program Orientation and Retreat: October 16, 2015