Coro was founded in San Francisco in 1942 when W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, launched an exploration of the world of public affairs. Their premise was based on the realization that, unlike law, business or medicine, post graduate training in the area of leadership was non existent.
As the need for leadership training grew to national proportions, Coro began to explore new territories and established new centers, coming to Kansas City in 1975.
Coro program participants learn about the real world in the real world — by actively questioning, interacting with diverse constituents, finding resources and coming up with innovative solutions to the problems faced by their communities. Together, participants explore community dynamics, leadership and decision-making, while building the skills necessary for successful careers in business, politics, education, government and the non-profit sectors.
In 2009, Coro Kansas City established a partnership with Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, part of an independent private institution of higher learning located in Kansas City. The program became an 8-week for-credit college internship. Students selected for the program registered for elective credit at Park University (and could transfer the credit back to their home institutions).