LDR is delivered through two regional cohorts – Hartford Region and Fairfield County.  Each learning cohort convenes between 12-18 participants and meets about twice per month for Roundtable during the six-month program. 

Cohort Term Typical App Deadline
Fairfield County Cohort February - June December
Hartford Region Cohort February- June December

Why Apply to LDR

"The other LDR participants and I work hard in a high-pressure sector, and having a forum like this — to take a step back from our day-to-day responsibilities and focus on our own professional experiences and professional development — was invaluable."

                                                                - LDR Participant

Increased leadership skills mean increased IMPACT!  As an LDR participant, you will have the opportunity to build your skills as a leader and to better prepare for professional advancement by:

  • Learning how to focus and enhance your strengths to lead organizational change;
  • Identifying the skills and practices needed by successful nonprofit leaders;
  • Implementing new leadership skills related to challenges today and in the future;
  • Creating a professional development plan for continuous learning;
  • Expanding your professional network;
  • Sharing key tools, insights and concepts with others in your organization;
  • Developing your leadership skills so that you can make an even greater difference in the causes and organizations about which you care most!

Who Should Apply?

LDR is designed for non-profit professionals; priority is given to applicants currently employed by 501(c)3 organizations. Selected LDR participants bring diverse experiences and perspectives, and typically:

  • Are members of Generation X (b. 1965-1980) or Y (b. 1981-1999);  
  • Currently have at least one direct report; 
  • Have the written support of their Executive Director/CEO/Board Chair; 
  • Make a commitment to the program during regular work hours (av. 3-4 hours/week); 
  • Demonstrate an eagerness to learn, to develop leadership capabilities and to teach and share these skills with others; and demonstrate commitment to working in the nonprofit sector.