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New Leaders Council

NLC Institute

The New Leaders Council Institute is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals.

Applications for the 2019 NLC Institute are open through October 1, 2018. The 2019 Institute will begin in January, 2019. 

An intense, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program, our Institute is highly-selective, admitting only 15 to 20 fellows to each program. The typical NLC Fellow is a successful risk-taker and a progressive advocate.

50 NLC chapters across the nation hold an NLC Institute each year.

The New Leaders Council Institute

The NLC Institute, our flagship program, is the nation’s premier leadership and political entrepreneurship training program for young professionals.

  • An intense training program, each NLC Institute is highly selective, admitting only 15 to 20 Fellows to each program. NLC Institutes are conducted annually by NLC chapters across the nation, providing Fellows a tailored, local agenda within the national curriculum.
  • NLC counts numerous local, state and national leaders among our supporters who often participate in the Institute as presenters, by attending Chapter events or by offering advice and mentorship to our Fellows.
  • Fellows are divided into small groups on day one of the Institute, which helps foster accountability and teamwork over the course of the program and often beyond.
  • Participation in the NLC Institute gives our graduates access to our national alumni network of successful leaders.
  • Our graduates are committed to fundraising for their Chapters and supporting the next class of Fellows.
  • NLC is unique in that we continue programming for Fellows long after they have graduated, including through a mentorship program which pairs each Fellow with a solid mentor who utilizes their own experience to offer career advice and guidance.


A five-month (January to May), one weekend per month commitment focusing on:

  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Fundraising and Finance
  • Political Strategy and Management
  • Traditional and New Media
  • Internet and Technology
  • Labor Unions and the Progressive Movement
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Leadership

Past Session Topics have included: “Authenticity and Public Speaking,” “21st Century Predictive Voter Targeting,” and “Developing a Message That Sticks”

2019 Institute Dates

2019 session dates are as follows:

January 26 + January 27 
February 23 + February 24
March 30 + March 31
April 27 + April 28
May 18 + May 19

Sessions typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays, one full weekend a month January - May. Extact times and locations will be given to fellows with plenty of notice to make accommodations in their schedules.

What you Need to Know to Apply

Applications for the 2019 Institute are open until October 1st, 2018.

Applications are online and require a resume and completion of essay questions and a leadership aptitude test. The application fee is $30.

The NLC Institute is free to participants, thanks to a combination of local and national funding sources, including an annual chapter fundraiser. Accepted applicants are required to make a $200 deposit, which is then returned after graduation from the Institute.

To successfully graduate and have your deposit returned, Fellows must be present for the January weekend and can only be absent 16 total hours throughout the rest of the Institute. The attendance policy is strictly monitored and enforced — in such a small group setting, it is important to your fellow Fellows that you are present!


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