Organizational Leadership News & Views

Masters in organizational leadership development program meets the needs of area’s diverse workforce

  • Alvernia MOL

Did you know Reading and eight other cities within an hour drive of Reading, made the list of best towns for job seekers in Pennsylvania?  NerdWallet evaluated the growth of the working–aged population from 2009 to 2012, the cost of living and the unemployment rate in cities all across Pennsylvania.  Based on that data, here are cities within driving distance of Alvernia University that ranked among the top 20:

#2 York

#9 Lebanon

#10 Lancaster

#14 Carlisle

#15 Allentown

#17 Reading

#18 Fullerton

#19 Hanover

#20 West Chester

The types of major employers in these cities are quite diverse – a number of hospitals; a British aerospace defense company, called BAE Systems in York; Air Products & Chemicals in the Lehigh Valley, an international corporation whose principal business is selling gases and chemicals for industrial uses; Carpenter Technologies, a maker of specialty alloys and East Penn, a battery manufacturer both in Berks County – all round out the list of top employers.

At first glance, these employers might not seem to have a lot in common, but they do. In order to motivate employees, retain employees and continue to grow, all of these organizations need team members with strong leadership skills.

To help address this need, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association has a webinar scheduled for May but that’s just three hours and it’s geared towards those working in economic development.

The master’s in organizational leadership (MOL) program at Alvernia is the first program of it’s kind in Berks County. Since a faculty of accomplished scholars and industry experts will teach classes, this program has been designed to facilitate the development and growth of ethical leaders with moral courage.

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