• Greater DuBois Leadership Institute

  • GDLI Facilitators & Class of 2019Thank You..to the employers, presenters, and the businesses that host the class sessions. This program is a success because you are involved! 

    The Greater DuBois Leadership Institute meets monthly from September through June, to visit manufacturing facilities, see tourism attractions, hone leadership skills, and gain insight into issues of transportation, workforce, healthcare, social services, and economic development in our communities. Along the way, students will see a variety of leaders at work: business owners, economic development and workforce specialists, municipal and county government officials. The last session before graduation culminates with a trip to the State Capitol in Harrisburg to discuss local issues with our legislators. The goal of the “Greater DuBois Leadership Institute” is to generate home-grown community leaders, by providing participants of the program with skills and knowledge of the opportunities and resources that exist in the Greater DuBois Area. The program is open to all citizens in the Greater DuBois Area who meet a set of criteria. Participants are determined based on nomination from a current employer, completion of an application that showcases their desire to be a community leader, and are ultimately chosen based on the unbiased decision of a selection committee. View the names of our graduates and their sponsors in PDF or Text. Visit Leadership DuBois on Facebook.

    Access the Greater DuBois Leadership Application in PDF format or Text.

  • Mission

    To conduct an annual program that identifies, recruits, educates and motivates current and potential leaders, by providing training, guidance, and networking opportunities that will produce a committed and qualified group of individuals to offer their leadership capabilities to the Greater DuBois Area.

  • Goal

    To equip each participant with the personal skills and understanding of the opportunities, problems, and resources that exist within the communities of the Greater DuBois Area so they may be effective in assuming responsible and demanding roles on a committee of the Chamber of Commerce, and various other private and public committees in the future.


    • Identify and select highly qualified leaders to participate in the program.
    • Provide an understanding of the opportunities and needs of the Greater DuBois community through a series of issue-oriented programs using local leaders as well as regional authorities from academic communities, business and industry.
    • Educate participants in management/leadership skills and the application of those skills to volunteer leadership positions.
    • Develop interpersonal relationships among participants, which will provide a common ground for working together on future projects.
    • Create lines of direct communication between participants and existing community and regional leaders.
    • Identify organizational and individual opportunities for community involvement and assist in placement of participants in those positions.
    • Strengthen the working and living environment of the Greater DuBois Area, for current and future generations.

    Curriculum Topics

    • Nature of Leadership
    • Community Development
    • Business & Economic Development
    • Health and Human Services; Social Services
    • Local, County & State Governments
    • Education and Youth Issues
    • Conflict Resolution & Meeting Management
    • Challenges of the Future
    • Public Speaking
    • Labor Management
    • Community & Local History
    • Law, Justice, Public Policy, Ethics, Public Safety
    • Agriculture and Environmental Concerns