Activating Greatness


High-quality education helps create quality cities by developing skills required for the best-paying and fastest-growing jobs, attracting and retaining families and residents and encouraging an engaged citizenry.

Higher Quality Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly important to a community’s economic vitality. Actions that support K-12 schools and promote advanced training or college access and completion enhances youth and adult academic achievement.


#Wilmovation #WLAgrowth

Hastag, mention, follow, tag, tweet, and like…

Education Initiatives

"We’re focused on social return so, for us, what’s important is training people and putting them to work. Everything we do is centered around that."

– Patrick Callihan, Executive Director of Tech Impact

Zip Code and Year Up's Partnership

Zip Code will support Year Up by delivering JAVA content to our students to prepare them for internships. Year Up will support Zip Code by paying a fee for this service. Additionally, our organizations will increase our collective (positive) impact on Wilmington by referring students to the organization that best fits the needs of the student thereby increasing each organization’s pipeline of candidates. This collaboration will maximize each organization’s resources and enhance the student experience, all for the betterment of Wilmington. We continue to have conversations with others in the WLA and are excited to building an ecosystem that “moves the needle”. It would not have happened without WLA—thank you.” -Joe Coyle, Year Up Executive Director

WLA and its members are advocates for meaningful and equitable opportunities for education at all levels in our City.

WLA Members Connecting for Education:

  • WSFS’ Education Foundation, support of workforce development programs
  • Longwood – Community Education Building support
  • McConnell Johnson / 1313 Innovation – Dual School Program for Education and Leadership
  • Members represent the business sector on the boards of educational institutions

Impact & Innovation

WLA and Generation Universal Banker Program Graduates Second Cohort of Students

November 15, 2018
On Friday, November 9, the Wilmington Library became alive with young adults quietly whispering and occasionally laughing. Soon, they will become bankers. With smiles on every face, the joy in the room was clearly palpable.   With 2 p.m. quickly approaching, rows of chairs began to appear. People started filing into the room. From the people...

New Angel Investor Tax Credits Application Open For Delaware Businesses

November 08, 2018
The state of Delaware has made strides to keep its business friendly reputation in the country. Recently, House Bill 170 also known as the Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act has opened its application for Delaware based small businesses and investors.   “We should do everything we can to support Delaware’s innovators and entrepreneurs who...

WLA Members Support Delaware Innovation Week 2018

October 29, 2018
Wilmington Leaders Alliance is excited to have members supporting Delaware Innovation Week. From hosting events to running a contest to pay for an exhibitor table, WLA members will be prominent during this statewide event.   M&T Bank It has been a busy year in the community for WLA member M&T bank. Thanks to their sponsorship for...

Join the Leaders Shaping Wilmington!

Start making a positive impact in our hometown by joining WLA or learning how you can help drive innovation and impact in our 4 core areas.
  • Please tell us where you think you can make the biggest impact