Now Accepting Applications for LWB Core Program 2015

By clicking the link, you can download your application for the Core Program Class of 2015. For over 30 years, Leadership Wilkes-Barre has been helping participants develop both professionally and personally while using their leadership experience and skills as a springboard to take a more active role in their jobs, companies, and communities.

Leadership Wilkes-Barre is a nine month program designed to develop leadership skills in area professionals through knowledge of team building, communication styles, presentation ability, and networking. Additionally, it provides participants the opportunity to learn more about their community and encourages active participation in community organizations, committees and events. The program consists of a combination of presentations, class experiences, workshops and hands-on involvement in a community enrichment or beautification project. Current Class of 2014 projects include:

  • Camp Acahela- Installing a rock climbing wall at the regions Boy Scout Camp.
  •  Big Lights, Fit City (Outdoor Gym/Lights on the Square)- Installing outdoor fitness equipment in Kirby Park; upgrading the lights on the trees lining Public Square.
  • Clinic Idyllic (St John’s Care & Concern Clinic)- assisting with minor improvements, i.e. paint, artwork in hallways, etc., researching the purchase of language translation software programs, general tidying needs. 
  • Swings & Things – Installing wheel-chair accessible swings & a sensory garden, and possibly a pavilion and concrete walkway in McKenna Park, Exeter. 
  • Café Impossible (United Rehabilitation Services Center Cafe)- renovation work in café including painting, resurfacing of countertops, replacing light fixtures, replacing and/or upgrading some equipment and supply storage i.e. snack stands, etc.  

Leadership Wilkes-Barre is a tuition based program. Participants are self sponsored or sponsored by their respective corporations/organizations. Scholarship assistance is also available.

            Applications  must be completed and returned to Leadership Wilkes-Barre, 4 Public Square, Wilkes–Barre, PA 18701 by April 15, 2014.

Save the Date for the Following Leadership Wilkes-Barre Events

April 3: Leadership After 5 at Uptown II, with POWER!

June 5: Annual Dinner and Graduation, 5-8 p.m. at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Hotel & Convention Center, honoring the Class of 2014 and Distinguished Leadership Award recipient, Kathy Dunsmuir of PNC Bank. Further details to be announced. 

LWB Mid-Winter Cocktail Party

Bob SnyderLeadership Wilkes-Barre honored Robert Snyder, former president of Luzerne Bank, with the 2014 Patrick J. Solano Community Leadership Award.

Bob was honored as a distinguished community leader for his dedication to serving our community over many years across many capacities.  Bob immersed himself in civic organizations since arriving to the community, including serving positions on the boards of the NEPA Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Wilkes-Barre Rotary, Leadership Wilkes-Barre, and Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; he was also Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers 2010-2011.

Bob joined Luzerne Bank in 2004 as president and CEO of the area’s oldest locally owned and managed banking institution.  Prior to arriving in the Wyoming Valley, Bob served fifteen years as senior vice president of branch administration with Omega Bank of State College and also served as president and CEO of the Bank of Canton, Canton.  With a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Shippensburg University, Bob was also a high school math teacher for a period.

Professional Development Series

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Leadership Wilkes-Barre 2013 Recipient of Wells Fargo Community Partners Giving Program Grant

Wells Fargo Grant Nov 2013Wells Fargo’s Community Partners Giving Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selects a nonprofit organization or school to receive a $1,000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award close to $300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The grants are part of the company’s broader support of its communities. In 2012, Wells Fargo invested more than $15 million in nonprofit organizations and schools and team members volunteered more than 38,000 hours across Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“At Wells Fargo, we are committed to supporting programs and organizations that we believe are important to the future of our communities’ vitality and success,” said Greg Collins, Senior Vice President and Community Banking President, Wells Fargo.

Pictured: Greg Collins, Mike Pisarcik, Store Manager, Wells Fargo, Lori Nocito, Executive Director, Leadership Wilkes-Barre, and Greg White, Regional President of Greater Pennsylvania, Wells Fargo.