Lead LA

Solutions to complex challenges in Southern California require leaders across industries who understand its unique civic and political landscape, have the network to leverage resources across sectors, and skill sets to work within and through systems.

Lead LA is designed for rising and established executives, thought leaders, and innovators eager to expand their leadership capacity, knowledge and networks in Southern California. The program utilizes Los Angeles as its classroom for lessons that can only be provided through first-hand experiences. Participants come away with a deeper understanding of themselves, the region, the power players, and the issues that all work in concert to create the unique fabric in LA. Through this immersive dive into the city, participants gain the tools and experiences necessary to lead and direct change within their own organizations.


Lead LA meets September through May and requires a significant time commitment both on weekdays and weekends. Sessions include (see calendar for more details):

  • A half-day Orientation
  • A 3-day Opening Retreat
  • Multiple full-day Leadership Retreats – facilitated professional and personal development explorations around leadership development, team management and systems thinking
  • Coro Community Networking Events (Fellows Selection Day, Lead LA Mixers, Women In Leadership Luncheon, and our annual Gala)
  • Multiple cohort-led full-day Issue Days – public policy explorations of current topics, selected and organized by small teams of participants to educate the entire cohort
  • Proposal, Design, and Debrief meetings (at most, 3 hours each) with the Senior Director of Training and Programs for each Issue Day team organizing. (In addition, teams will need to hold regular planning meetings in the months leading up to the Issue Day.)
  • Regular optional civic engagement and personal reflection activities and events
  • Closing Ceremony

Coupling the highly-successful Coro leadership model with inquiry-based learning from some of Southern California’s most respected multi-sector leaders, Lead LA provides the opportunity for Southern California’s top talent to:

  • learn how to navigate systems and sectors unique to Southern California
  • cultivate a large network of influencers and stakeholders in the region
  • utilize the city as a classroom to bring one-of-a-kind experiences to their leadership toolkit
  • play a role in tackling some of the most pressing issues of the region
  • utilize systems-thinking, strategic inquiry, and diverse networks to get things done
  • access Coro’s network of established leaders across sectors and industries
  • develop a deeper understanding of how to effectively lead teams towards achieving large and complex goals
  • put tools to practice through issue-driven, inquiry-based, group learning processes

Lead LA participants will strengthen their leadership toolkit within the following areas:

Leadership Development

  • Recognize their own leadership strengths, gaps, and blind spots and identify strategies to lead most effectively
  • Apply Coro’s signature leadership tools through complex group challenges, inquiry-based conversations with Southern California leaders, and exploration of regional issues
  • Engage in reflective practice and immediately apply tools to everyday work

Team Management

  • Create effective group processes to move through all levels of team tasks, from small meetings to large projects
  • Design experiential group learning experiences for diverse teams

Systems Thinking

  • Identify and effectively communicate with stakeholders on multiple sides of an issue
  • Analyze complex systems, (e.g. organizations, sectors, power dynamics, etc.)

Multi-Sectoral Issue Analysis

  • Understand the public, private, and nonprofit landscape in Los Angeles
  • Evaluate cross-sectoral problems and provide balanced solutions in response
  • Practice nonpartisan investigation into Southern California’s biggest challenges

Lead LA is for individuals who:

  • are committed to deepening their leadership capacity through Coro’s proven methodology
  • are looking to expand their professional and personal networks
  • are decision makers, managers and/or influencers at their respective organizations
  • have a minimum of 7 years of work experience
  • live and work in Southern California

Selected participants reflect the demographics of Los Angeles and come from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Applicants should be prepared for an immersive, group-structured experience in personal reflection for leadership growth and public policy exploration.


Tuition is $5,000 for 100+ hours of leadership development training, individual and small group coaching, lodging and meals at the opening retreat, and access to Coro alumni and cross-program events. Limited scholarships are available. Payment in full (or agreement with Coro on a specific payment plan) is required before the start of the program. Participants are encouraged to seek their employer’s or other sponsor’s support for the program. Please contact us for information and guidance in seeking employer or sponsor support.

Lead LA Alumni Honorees

2020 Honoree

Elissa K. Konove


California State Transportation Agency

Thank you to our Supporters

Thank you to the Lead LA Advisory Committee

Amy Held
Executive Director, Larchmont Charter School

Angela Reddock-Wright
Founder and Managing Partner, Reddock Law Group

Deborah Mack
Former Interim Deputy Director, Future of California Elections

Lindsey Connor
Partner and Chair of the Media & Entertainment Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Nicole Jones
Senior Special Assistant, California State Controller’s Office

Robin Kramer
Managing Director, Smidt Foundation

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager, LADOT

Andrea Foggy Paxton
Managing Director, The Broad Center

Caprice Young
National Superintendent, Learn4Life Network

John Kobara
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation

Lisa Kalustian
President, Kalustian Consulting

Robert Jernigan
Regional Managing Principal, Gensler

Shawn Landres
Commissioner and Chair, Quality and Productivity Commission, LA County

Steve Crosby
Principal, Crosby Consulting