Carol Baker Tharp
May 13, 1952 – November 25, 2007
Former General Manager
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
What is the EmpowerLA Leadership Institute?
The EmpowerLA Leadership Institute is designed to help Neighborhood Council Board members and stakeholders within the community be more effective in making their voices heard and making a difference in their neighborhoods. Inspired by Carol Baker Tharp, past General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the Institute provides opportunities to learn the information, hone the skills, and nurture the relationships that lead to success for Neighborhood Councils. Ms. Tharp maintained the belief that civic engagement is the cornerstone of democracy and that empowering individuals can empower neighborhoods and improve quality of life for all residents of the City of Los Angeles. Through the EmpowerLA Leadership Institute you can receive free training on leadership, cross-cultural skills, the nuts and bolts of City government processes, conflict resolution, communications and in-depth understanding about issues from planning and development, to sustainability, education and development. The Institute is composed of classes taught by City officials, community colleges, academic institutions, community based organizations, thought leaders from various disciplines and professionals. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn from other Neighborhood Councils about what works and what doesn’t in their community. A variety of venues and technologies make attending easy. Start empowering yourself and your community today.
Why attend the EmpowerLA Leadership Institute?
- It is a safe, supportive learning environment
- A variety of courses and topics that will fit your personal and organizational needs.
- Online courses and local workshops make it convenient and easy to integrate into your busy schedule.
- Multi-lingual, multi-cultural students are encouraged and supported.
- The tools and skills you learn can help you in your personal and professional development outside the Neighborhood Council system.
- They are free.
- Because you shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel when other Neighborhood Councils are facing similar challenges.
The Institute also maintains a Reference Library of important operational and legal documents affecting the Neighborhood Council system.
Go to our Online Classroom for instant access to helpful topics. Currently, the Institute is also offering live trainings through the Election Outreach Candidate Preparation sessions and will be offering regional Board Orientation trainings for newly elected Board members in the upcoming months.