L3 Leadership exists to build and develop a community of leaders that grow to their maximum potential, develop the courage to pursue their dreams, and to become great leaders in their families, communities, cities, nations, and their world.

We do this through monthly breakfasts, small groups, service opportunities, and leadership events.

To listen to the history and vision of L3 Leadership, listen to Episode #64 of the L3 Leadership podcast here.


Our Story:

What we do:

L3 Leadership 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.

L3 Leadership Events – Each month, we host a breakfast in Pittsburgh and invite leaders to come speak to us. Learn more about the breakfasts by clicking here.

L3 Mastermind Groups – 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 dougsmith@l3leadership.org.

L3 Membership – Join a community of leaders who are changing the world. With L3 Leadership, you’ll get exclusive content, discounts at events, access to our online community, VIP experiences, and more!

L3 Service Projects – Once a month we will serve a local non-profit in the city of Pittsburgh.

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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 L3 Leadership 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.

L3 Leadership was born. 

Our Founders


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