LDR is a six-month, strengths-based program encouraging leadership in action. The cohort learning model links leaders across the state to deepen relationships and collaboration within the social sector. LDR provides the tools and resources to support our leaders and organizations.

Participating LDR leaders engage in several complementary program components, including The Roundtable, The LDR Project and Individual Leadership Coaching.


Review the 2019 LDR Program Description and Calendar

The Roundtable

The Roundtable uses facilitated group discussion, practical application of key leadership concepts, self-assessments, individual reflection and small group work. Roundtable sessions focus on tangible results relevant to leadership development.


The program is professionally facilitated. Participants also learn from special guests from the nonprofit, public and private sectors who attend select cohort sessions to share their insights and experiences.

The LDR Project

During the Program, participants each envision, plan and execute a leadership project based on a business challenge facing their respective nonprofit organizations. This project assignment spans the full schedule of the LDR.


Working directly with the executive director of their organization, leaders plan and execute the project, gaining valuable, practical leadership experience. The staff time and talent put into the project adds value to the nonprofit organization as well.

Individual Leadership Development Coaching

In addition to participating in Roundtable discussions and completing the LDR Project, leaders develop individual professional development plans to set a course for ongoing leadership learning. Each leader receives individual leadership coaching related to this plan and to his or her LDR Leadership project.

"It was reassuring and empowering to know that I had someone I could speak to to clarify my thoughts and help guide me along my journey. My coach was really a driving force in encouraging me to challenge my thoughts and doubts about my leadership."

- Past LDR Leader