What's in it for me?

LDR is a learning series designed for non-profit leaders looking to build their capacity to manage and lead social change. This is a “learn through doing” opportunity geared to help you grow your leadership skills and your network. Here's how.

I am interested in LDR. How do I learn more before I apply?

Before you apply to LDR, you can read more about the program and learn how to apply.

2019 Info Session Video Calls
Join us for a virtual information session 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 for call-in instructions.

Can I contact LDR alumni?

Yes! LDR Ambassadors are available to share their LDR experiences and answer any questions. Below is a list of alumni that you can contact.

  • Jessica Everlith - buchananjessicaleigh@gmail.com
  • Tenesha Grant - tgrant@mercyhousingct.org
  • Joel Rivera - rivera.joel@att.net
  • Marina Rodriguez - virgenmarinarodriguez@gmail.com
  • Meg Taylor - meg.taylor@capitolsquash.org
  • Lindsey Tengatenga - lindseyt@publicallies.org
  • Mirellise Vazquez - mirellise@tauckfoundation.org
  • Keyairra Wright - keyairra.wright@gmail.com
  • Tim Yergeau - tim.yergeau@gmail.com

What is expected of me?​

Participating LDR leaders make a commitment to:

  1. Prepare for and fully participate in all Roundtable sessions
  2. Complete a leadership project as well as other LDR assignments
  3. Stay active and involved in the LDR alumni network

For more information, click here.

Where and when will the LDR Program be held?

The LDR Program operates two cohorts based in Fairfield and Hartford counties. During the six-month Program, each cohort will meet individually twice and together in New Haven for four roundtable sessions. Sessions will feature a mix of discussion, reflection, special projects, learning from guests, and group work. 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.

2019 LDR Program Calendar

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

What is expected of executive directors in addition to the letter of recommendation?

The ED's support is a critical part of the participant's learning experience. During the Program, participating leaders will need the ED’s feedback and support in order to make the most of the LDR Project and the overall experience. The program is geared to making a strong link between the sessions and the organizations where each member is employed.

I am already an executive director, am I eligible to participate in LDR?

Yes! The LDR Program is open to nonprofit professionals at the executive level of leadership. Leaders at the executive level bring a unique perspective that adds value to the LDR cohort experience.

I am the executive director of my organization; who should write my letter of recommendation?

Please request a letter of recommendation from the board chair/president of your organization.

What’s the financial commitment on my part?

The Program is available at the reduced cost of $1,500 per person thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Leaders are also expected to purchase and read Strengthsfinder 2.0.

Are scholarships available?

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information about scholarships, please Contact Us.