By transforming the businesses, organizations, and institutions that touch the lives of every person in our community.

The Key?

Growing leaders who have the head and heart for leading well and doing good.


Join us in shaping the Catawba Valley into a community where people thrive.

Welcome to Catawba Valley Leadership Foundation

Better leaders make for a better community.

The CVLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit that exists to promote outstanding leadership throughout the Catawba Valley.  Simply put, we strive to make this community stronger via stronger leaders.  To this end, we provide leadership development for community leaders of non-profit, civic, religious, and educational organizations.

Meet the team

The Foundation has helped us focus on how our leadership impacts our business.  As a result, we’ve become more intentional about building transformational relationships inside and outside of our walls.
Nat Auten, YMCA

Hickory, NC | September 25, 2020

The 2020 Catawba Valley Leadership Conference

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Leaders’ Roundtable

The Leaders' Roundtable expands our work to leaders in business and the for-profit world in order to create strong connections among leaders and to promote a culture of leadership excellence.

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Strong Student Leadership

CVLF invests in the lives high school students to help them clarify their identity, discover their strengths, and set themselves up for future success as they prepare for life beyond high school.

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Executive Coaching for Community Leaders

Our flagship program provides one-on-one executive coaching to top-level non-profit leaders in our community.

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Leaders’ Roundtable

The Leaders' Roundtable gathers every-other-month for collaboration.

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The Annual Conference

The Foundation partners with local businesses and organizations to host the 2020 Catawba Valley Leadership Conference -- a half-day experience designed to inform, inspire, and raise the leadership temperature of our community.

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Legacy Leadership Forum

The advisory board for The Foundation gathers quarterly for discernment and encouragement.

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