LDR combines leaders from across Connecticut for in-person, facilitated roundtable discussions with additional small group discussions, projects, mentorship opportunities and individual coaching sessions throughout the Program.

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:

  • acquire the mindset, knowledge, and vision to lead organizations effectively;
  • learn from different experiences and perspectives in a diverse cohort of peers;
  • clarify their own strengths, work one-on-one with a leadership coach, and implement a personalized development plan to ensure continuous improvement;
  • execute a leadership project that tackles a challenge at their organization and stretches their skills;
  • connect with LDR alumni and other Five Frogs’ friends to expand their professional network; and
  • establish relationships that will last a lifetime.

Who Should Apply?

LDR is open to all leaders currently employed by a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Connecticut. Recruitment is based on the belief that the strongest LDR cohorts reflect diversity in race, socioeconomic status, gender, age, and experience. Five Frogs is especially focused on recruiting leaders of color and those representing underserved populations.

In order to participate, applicants must:

  • receive written endorsement of their executive director/CEO (or board chair if the applicant is the most senior leader of the organization)
  • manage at least one staff member or hold significant supervisory experience over interns, volunteers, and temporary staff
  • demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Five Frogs

Leaders should exhibit an eagerness to learn by doing and a willingness to share lessons with others. The ideal LDR candidate is a self-motivated nonprofit leader who is curious, reflective, and passionate about effecting social change.

Note: Selection for participation in the cohort will be based upon priority criteria as well as composition of a strong, diverse cohort.

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