Learning to Lead Pittsburgh is a group of high-level city leaders in their 20’s through 40’s that meets to develop personally, challenge each other, mentor younger leaders and get mentored, and collectively serve their communities.

We have a passion to see Christian leaders grow and connect with each other to make a great impact in the city of Pittsburgh! We do this through monthly breakfasts, small groups, service opportunities, and leadership events.

To listen to the history and vision of Learning to Lead, listen to Episode #64 of the Learning to Lead podcast here.


What we do:

Learning to Lead Podcast – Each month, we post at least three episodes. An interview with a high-level leader, a leadership lesson from our breakfast series, and a leadership lesson taught by me.

Learning to Lead Breakfast Series – Each month, we host a breakfast in Pittsburgh and invite leaders to come speak to us. Learn more about the breakfasts by clicking here.

Learning to Lead Small Group – We have a small group of leaders that meet twice a month to study leadership, encourage each other, and to hold each other accountable to our goals. If you’re interested in joining the group, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.

Learning to Lead Service Projects – Once a month we will serve a local non-profit in the city of Pittsburgh.

Click here to Sign-up for our E-mail List to receive information about upcoming Learning to Lead events, resources, and small groups.

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Our Story: 

When Doug 17 years old, he had a mentor, Larry Bettencourt, who came into his life and started investing in him. Larry handed Doug a leadership lesson by John Maxwell. At the time, Doug had no idea that there were resources available to develop you as a leader. That was the beginning of Doug’s personal growth journey.

Larry would also bring in leaders from the community to invest in Doug and other young leaders. He encouraged them to take the leaders out to coffee to learn from them. Doug started doing that for about ten years.

In 2012, after ten years of intentional growth, Doug had an idea to start recording his time with leaders and started the Learning to Lead podcast.

In August of 2012, Doug and Laura got married. At the same time, they started hearing about a vision of making Pittsburgh more famous for God than anything else. Every time they heard that vision, they knew in their hearts that they had to do something about it.

After a lot of prayer and time spent with leaders, they determined the best way they could help make that vision come to pass was to invest in next generation leaders. They believe that if they will continually invest in leaders year after year and those leaders become leaders in at home, in their community, in the workplace, and in their city, then we will have leaders scattered all over the city who are also focused on making Pittsburgh famous for God.

In July of 2014, Doug and Laura gathered leaders on Mt. Washington to cast vision and pray over the city of Pittsburgh and it’s current and future leaders.

Learning to Lead Pittsburgh was born. 

Our Founders



Doug and Laura are high school sweet hearts! They met at a Bible study during Doug’s senior year of high school. They got married in August of 2012.

Doug currently works at Light of Life Rescue Mission as the Manager of Outreach and Major Gifts. He also blogs at dougsmithlive.com. Laura currently works at Directworks as a Business Development Executive.

Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.

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Note from the Founders

We would love for you to be a part of what we’re doing to grow and develop leaders. Feel free to contact us at any time. We would love to hear from you and help you get plugged in.

Best regards,

Doug and Laura

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