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New Leaders Council

It's A Critical Time

This is a critical time for NLC. We opened applications for next year’s NLC Institute just a few days ago. We are identifying the next wave of emerging leaders to build community change and the progressive bench.

We need your help. Read on to find out what you can do to be a part of this movement, by nominating a new leaders, by applying yourself, or by attending one of our upcoming events. And be sure to check out the updates from our 2015 Leadership Retreat.

NLC Institute – Be a part of it
The NLC Institute is the premier leadership and professional development program for emerging leaders, offering free training, mentoring, and political and career advancement. Through intensive sessions on topics ranging from strategic communications to fundraising and entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC provides Fellows unparalleled opportunities to master the skills necessary to lead the next generation.


With 39 institutes in 2016 and over 3,000 alumni across the nation, NLC continues to build the country’s strongest community of rising-star progressives.

If you are an up-and-coming entrepreneur seeking the skills needed to spark your next success—be it starting a business, running for office, or managing a non-profit—take a moment to learn more and apply today:


Or, if you are an NLC alum or member of the NLC community, you know the value of being a part of the NLC Institute. Please nominate a leader for the 2016 Class:

Be sure to check out this post from NLC Madison 2015 Fellow Kevin Kopplin on the 2015 Retreat and why the NLC Institute is so valuable:


NLC Institute info events
If you are curious about the NLC Institute, our chapters are holding informational events around the country. We hope you can join us.

NLC Tallahassee

August 18
5:30pm - 6:30pm
1133 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Register here:
No cost

NLC San Francisco

August 12
6:30pm - 8:30pm
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Register here:
No cost

NLC San Antonio

August 27
5:30pm – 7:00 pm
Herrera Law Firm
1800 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX, 78207
RSVP to Catherine at

Florida Conversation – Aug 21 & 22, Orlando FL
Beyond our local events, in just a few days the Florida Conversation will bring together NLC’s Florida and Southern chapters to connect them with the region’s most impressive progressive leaders. The conversation will focus on building toward the future and the Progressive bench.

We will be announcing our keynotes and full agenda soon, and are happy to announce U.S. Senator Nelson will be joining us.

Join us at Universal Studios, register today:


Emerging Leaders Training – Aug 23, Orlando FL
The NLC experience extends beyond the NLC Institute. Our action affiliate, NLC4, is hosting an Emerging Leaders Training that you will not want to miss. This training builds on the lessons of the NLC Institute, providing a “graduate level” training in the granular skills of civic leadership with top experts in messaging, fundraising, targeting and many other skills provide a top tier training for the NLC community. The combination of the expertise of our trainers—from local leadership to presidential campaigns—and the network built with fellow participants, will equip for your next steps in public service.

Register here:

The first Emerging Leaders training was a huge success, with over 40 members of the NLC community representing New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and more, convening in Washington D.C. Check out our pictures here.

Policy Briefing with CAP Action on The Health of State Democracies Report – Aug 18
CAP Action released a huge report in July - The Health of State Democracies, which ranks all 50 states across 22 factors in the three categories of accessibility of the ballot, representation in state government, and influence in the political system, with each state also getting a grade for each category.

The authors of the report will be hosting a briefing call for members of the NLC community on August 18.

Register here:
to learn more about where your state stands on its democracy.

2015 NLC National Leadership Retreat Recap
This year's retreat saw over 400 attendees—members of the NLC community from across the country as well as distinguished guests. If you didn’t read the post-retreat letter from NLC Chairman Chris Kelly, please do so here:

Be sure to check out the Retreat photos, here:


NLC is building ladders of opportunity for progressive leaders of all stripes. Our community is bursting with energy, expertise, and enthusiasm. And the gateway to this extraordinary family is the NLC Institute.

We want you to be a part of it.

Mark Riddle
New Leaders Council Executive Director

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New Leaders Council is a 501 (c) (3) public charity dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders and to providing those leaders with the tools they need to succeed. NLC does not engage in political or legislative activities of any kind, does not support or oppose any candidate for public office, and serves only as an educational leadership training ground.