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What Is The Leadership Learning Community

"LLC brings together the best minds in leadership development to advance the field.  Casting a wide net of philanthropic funders, scholars and practitioners, LLC  engages a broad community whose passion is to explore, discover and disseminate both tacit and explicit knowledge and research about contemporary leadership development.  LLC anticipates the future and is a dynamic catalyst capable of creating a link from today’s issues in leadership development to tomorrow’s solutions." (Donna Stark, Vice President, Talent Management and Leadership Development, The Annie E. Casey Foundation)


We are a national nonprofit organization transforming the way leadership development work is conceived, conducted and evaluated, primarily within the nonprofit sector. We focus on leveraging leadership as a means to create a more just and  equitable society. We combine our expertise in identifying, evaluating and applying cutting-edge ideas and promising practices in the leadership development field, with access to our engaged national network of hundreds of experienced funders, consultants and leadership development programs, to drive the innovation and collaboration needed to make leadership more effective. We also offer the following consulting services to help programs and foundations optimize their leadership investment strategy: scans, evaluations and network development.

Some of our Accomplishments:

Over the last 10 years we have pioneered innovative ideas for strengthening the field of leadership development. Here is a sampling of some of our most recent milestones:



Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Leadership Learning Community (LLC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and more than 30 authors collaborated to write the Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation. There is considerable demand for guidance in evaluating leadership development by those who practice and fund leadership development and evaluation in commercial and nonprofit organizations. This volume brings together distinguished authors with knowledge and expertise about leadership development evaluation, whose contributions can benefit leadership development evaluators, practitioners, and ultimately those participating in leadership development programs.

"The most comprehensive treatment available on evaluating leadership development programs. Covers experimental and quasi-experimental design, use of theories of change, return on investment studies, participatory evaluation, open-systems approaches, and other evaluation strategies. Essential reading for leadership program evaluators." (Nonprofit Leadership Development: A Select Annotated Bibliography by the AED Center for Leadership Development)












Speaking Engagements

  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference 2010: “Collective Leadership: Nurturing Vibrant Organizations and Catalyzing Community Change”
    • The highly interactive panel will be facilitated by Deborah Meehan, LLC’s Executive Director. The panel also features the following speakers: Barbara N. Squires, Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Dale Nienow, Executive Director, Center for Ethical Leadership; and Miho Althea Kim, Executive Director, DataCenter.
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference 2008







  • Social Network Analysis and the Evaluation of Leadership Networks

  • A question of leadership: What are the key challenges that for-profit and nonprofit organizations face in evaluating leadership development?
    • David Altman, Lily Kelly-Radford, Claire Reinelt, Deborah Meehan
    • Leadership in Action
    • Volume 23, Issue 6 , Pages13 – 14




We launched Leadership for a New Era (LNE) in 2009. LNE is a collaborative research initiative that seeks to promote leadership approaches that are more inclusive, networked and collective. We are working with key innovators in the leadership development field to deliver the following products:

  • 4 seminal publications: Leadership and Race, Leadership and Networks, Collective Leadership, and Leadership Across Difference
  • 4 competency assessment tools (one for each of the topics mentioned above)
  • 4 online resource directories (one for each of the topics mentioned above)












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