Step One

Carefully review the LDR Program Description and Calendar. Please make note of the session dates and program requirements. Program success depends upon consistent leader participation and engagement, as such, candidates must commit to attending all sessions.

Step Two

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


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. What does the Five Frogs vision and mission statement mean to you?
  4. What do you hope to share with the LDR cohort and community? What do you hope to learn or glean from the community?.

Save your essay response as a Word or PDF document. The file should be named "last_name, first_name Essay 2019". For example, "Jones, Mary Essay 2019". You will be asked to upload this document in the online application form.

LinkedIn Profile

Provide a link to your current LinkedIn Profile. Be sure this profile includes information regarding your current position. Feel like your LinkedIn profile needs to be refreshed? Here is a resource we’ve found useful.


Please obtain a recommendation for your participation written by your organization’s executive director/CEO, or the board chair if you are the most senior leader of your organization. The letter of recommendation should include:

  • qualities and experiences that make you an excellent candidate for LDR
  • description of how your participation will add value or capacity to your organization

Save the recommendation as a PDF document. The file should be named "last_name, first_name Recommendation 2019". For example, "Jones, Mary Recommendation 2019". You will be asked to upload this document in the online application form.

Short Bio and Picture

Provide a current short professional biography, including a picture. LDR provides these to each cohort, guests, executive shadow participants, and other LDR friends. This bio should be no more than 2-3 paragraphs and summarize relevant experience. Here are a few sample short bios if you’d like help creating one. Submit a bio you would be proud to share publicly. You will upload your bio in the online application form.

Step Three

Gather all documents in accordance with the instructions outlined in Step 2. You will submit these documents using our Online Application Form. In addition to completing contact and background information, you will be prompted to share your LinkedIn profile, essay, bio, 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, Fairfield, CT 06824).

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