Step One

Before you begin your application, carefully review The LDR Program, which provides an overview of the program. Please make note of the session dates and program requirements, confirming your availability to participate fully in the program. (LDR 2019 session dates will be announced soon.)

Step Two

Prepare your application, which includes a link to your LinkedIn profile, essays, and a letter of recommendation from the executive director of your organization. See below for additional details.

LinkedIn Profile

Be sure this profile includes information regarding your current position.


Answer questions 1-4 in no more than 3 pages TOTAL.

  1. Share one lesson you have learned about good leadership and how you learned it;
  2. Provide one example of a challenge you face as a manager or leader today;
  3. How do you envision leading in Connecticut? What is your vision for your leadership?
  4. Provide a brief outline of what your LDR project might entail. See Program Description materials regarding the project as well as Recommendation detail below.

Save your essay response as a Word or PDF document. The file should be named "last_name, first_name Essay 2018". For example, "Jones, Mary Essay 2018". You will be asked to upload this document in Step 3.


Please obtain a recommendation for your participation written by your organization’s executive director (ED).* The letter of recommendation should include at least:

  • The ED’s recommendation as to why you are an excellent candidate for the Program,
  • Description of how your participation will add value or capacity to your organization, and;
  • Potential focus area(s) for your LDR Project, which you will complete during the Program. This is intended to jump start your conversation with your ED regarding your Project. If you are accepted to LDR a more detailed plan will be required.

Please scan the recommendation and save it as a PDF document. The file should be named "last_name, first_name Recommendation 2018". For example, "Jones, Mary Recommendation 2018". You will be asked to upload this document in Step 3.

*If you are the most senior leader in your organization, please secure written support for your organization's board chair.

Step Three

Gather all documents in accordance with the instructions outlined in Step 2. You will submit these documents using our Online Application Form (2019 application available September 6, 2018). In addition to completing contact and background information, you will be prompted to share your LinkedIn profile, essay and letter of recommendation via the online LDR application form.

Note: complete sections in the order they appear; you will not be able to go back to previous sections. You will not be able to save and return to the application form; please only complete the online application form when your documents are final.

After submitting your application, we will send a confirmation via email that your LDR application was received. Finalists may be interviewed by phone prior to final cohort selection.

Upon acceptance to the program, your $1,500 payment will be required (via check made payable to Five Frogs, Inc., 1210 Post Road E., Fairfield, CT 06824).

If you have any questions or experience technical issues, please Contact Us.