Leadership Development Training

Topics Covered

• Leadership Principles
• Dr. King’s Principles of Non-Violence
• Influencing Public Policy
• Teambuilding
• Community Mobilization
• Creating a Strategic Vision
• Law and Justice
• Decision Making & Problem Solving
• Professional Networking and Branding
• Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
• Artificial Intelligence

Who Should Attend

Anyone over the age of 19, regardless of education level, who is sincerely interested in helping improve the community.


Sessions are held the third Friday of each month from January to June, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., parking, continental breakfast, and lunch provided.


The course is offered virtually


$525 tuition, plus a $25.00 non-refundable application fee. Limited scholarships are available.

Institute Faculty

Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Development Institute Inaugural Class of 2009

“The Institute program is THE BEST leadership development program that I have had the opportunity to participate in within Central PA. Every session is highly customized and carefully thought through to address THE most important leadership issues that civic leaders face today.”
Cornelius Johnson, Harrisburg City Council, MLK Class of 2014

“Truth is not always popular! MKL inspires and equips their students with powerful tools to better understand themselves, communicate with others and win in life! Don’t miss your opportunity!”
Lennie Lewis, MLK Class of 2016

Keith Ellison, MBA

Lead Instructor and Facilitator

Mr. Ellison is Founder and CEO of The Ellison Group, a full-service management consulting firm based in Philadelphia, PA. His emphasis is on talent and skill development, strategic planning and cycle time reduction. Mr. Ellison earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Contributing Presenters

Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden, Pastor
Ari Weitzman, Federal Public Defender
Royce Morris, Common Pleas Judge
Ed Marsico, Common Pleas Judge
Robert Martin, Public Safety Director
Reizdan Moore, J.D., Attorney at Law
Clint Cullison, Environmental Lobbyist
Joseph Robinson, Jr., Pres., MLK-LDI
Michael Sand, J.D., Community Advocate
Dr. Carol Spigner, DSW, Professor Emeritus, Sandra Thompson, J.D., Pres.,NAACP, York PA
Glenn P. William