LDR is delivered through two regional cohorts – Hartford Region and Fairfield County. Each learning cohort is composed of 12-18 leaders and meets in person for Roundtable sessions during the six-month Program.

2019 LDR Program Calendar

Each cohort will meet individually twice and together in New Haven for four roundtable sessions. Leaders are responsible for scheduling coaching calls individually over the course of the Program at a mutually convenient time for the leader and their assigned coach. Executive Shadow Experiences will also be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.


Session Date Time
Session #1 - Both Cohorts February 13, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Session #2 - Both Cohorts February 27, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Session #3 - Hartford Cohort March 20, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Session #3 - Fairfield Cohort March 27, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Session #4 - Both Cohorts April 24, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Session #5 - Hartford Cohort May 15, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Session #5 - Fairfield Cohort May 22, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Session #6 - Both Cohorts June 12, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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 Leader

Through LDR, leaders will have the opportunity to build leadership skills and better prepare for professional advancement. LDR provides the competencies and skills to lead organizations and effect social change. Specifically, leaders will:

  • Expand their professional network across Connecticut
  • Learn how to focus and enhance individual strengths to lead
  • Identify the skills and practices needed by successful nonprofit leaders
  • Practice new leadership skills
  • Create a professional development plan for continuous learning
  • Collect tools, insights, and concepts to share with others
  • Become a part of the growing LDR network and be eligible for alumni programs and ongoing support
  • Make an even bigger impact on organizations and important causes

Who Should Apply?

LDR is open to all leaders currently employed by a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Connecticut. We support, celebrate, and encourage inclusion to create the best possible learning experience—the strongest LDR cohorts reflect diversity in race, socioeconomic status, gender, age, and experience. Each leader’s unique background and perspective are tremendous assets to the cohort and to our community! We especially encourage leaders of color and those representing underserved populations to apply.


In order to participate, qualified applicants must:

  • receive written endorsement of their executive director/CEO (or board chair if the applicant is the most senior leader at the organization)
  • manage at least one staff member or hold significant supervisory experience over volunteers, interns, and temporary staff
  • devote an estimated 35 hours in-session and 3-4 hours each week to developing their own leadership during the six-month Program
  • demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Five Frogs and to the social sector

2019 Info Sessions

Join one of our info session video calls to ask specific questions and learn more about the LDR experience:

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM
  • Monday, October 15, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM

To participate, RSVP here to receive call-in instructions.

How to Apply

To apply to the 2019 LDR program, first review the following documents:

Once all your materials are complete, submit your application online by December 7, 2018