The Institute is the core of New Leaders Council. A free, five-month, comprehensive leadership development program, the New Leaders Council Institute combines advanced leadership development training by experts, mentorship, networking, and job placement to train the very best of the next generation of progressive entrepreneurs and civic leaders.
Training programs focus on a core curriculum of personal leadership development, entrepreneurship, communications and marketing, fund raising and finance, political strategy and management, traditional and new media, and Internet and technology. Popular sessions you take part in could have topics like: “Authenticity and Public Speaking,” “Creating Your Entrepreneurial Life Plan,” and “Developing A Message That Will Stick.”
Heavy emphasis is placed on teamwork. Fellows spend time meeting with local and national leaders, and after Institute are paired with with career mentors.
Institutes occur one weekend per month over five months (January – May). The commitment is a total of 10 full weekend days.
What did our 2012 Fellows think about Institute? Take a look and decide if Institute is right for you.
You can also look at the topics we’ve covered before and the speakers who have presented at Institute.
Each year, the San Francisco Selections Committee recruits hundreds of applications from potential Fellows. A rigorous interview process allows us to select between 15 and 20 Fellows. Each year’s class of Fellows attend a series of Institute sessions specifically tailored to their interests and career paths.
Are you a future NLC Fellow? We look for people who are:
Top Talent with Entrepreneurial Mindset or Experience: An institute will train 15 to 20 “top talent” young professional leaders, generally ages 22 to 35, per year. Fellows have generally created an organization or business, led an organization or business to greatness, or demonstrated an interest in and ability to create change by realizing a vision and compelling others to follow it.
Diverse backgrounds: Fellows represent the diversity of the progressive movement in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, income, and industry. NLC places a high priority on diversity.
Early Stage Career Young Professionals: They are progressives at the early stage of their careers or interested in changing careers, and have generally completed all of their undergraduate and graduate studies.
Post-Education: Most NLC Fellows have finished all of their education prior to enrolling in the NLC Institute. College education is not required.
Cross-Section of Society: They don’t just come from the world of politics, campaigns, and elections. NLC Fellows are especially recruited, in no particular order, from fields like aerospace, finance, education, law, journalism, technology, entertainment, medicine, media, non-profit management, small business, and agriculture.
Professional Development: The Institute accepts Fellows who demonstrate natural leadership ability but have not had the opportunity to refine their skills for the professional and political world. NLC trains them and gives them those skills.
Networking: NLC is creating an incredible nationwide network of like-minded, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to making their communities better. Becoming an NLC Fellow means you join an exclusive network of young, progressive professionals who are going to lead our companies, communities, states, and countries to a better and more just future.
Mentoring: Institute Fellows are also paired with career mentors within their fields to build lifelong relationships with entrepreneurs and elected officials.
You can also check out Why NLC Is Important for the 21st-Century Progressive Leader for more on why Institute is so important for progressives and for the future of our society.
The applications process for the Institute is now open! You can submit an application between September 4 and November 11, 2012. During the application period, you can apply through our national NLC website.
After applications close on November 11, we advance outstanding applicants to the interview round and select Fellows shortly after that. Notifications of fellowship are sent out by email in mid-December.