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New Leaders Council

NLC Institutes

The New Leaders Council Institute is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals.

An intense, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program, each NLC Institute is highly selective, admitting only 15 to 20 fellows to each program. The typical NLC Fellow is a successful risk-taker and a progressive advocate.

NLC Institute

Nearly 40 NLC chapters across the nation hold an NLC Institute each year, often engaging local leaders to conduct sessions to create a uniquely tailored experience where fellows learn from guest speakers at the top of their field.

Applications to become an NLC Fellow and participate in an NLC Institute in your area are accepted each fall, in early September. Each Institute begins the following January.

I learned more applicable skills in five weekends of training with the New Leaders Council Institute than I did getting a four-year degree in public administration."

~Anne Smart, Silicon Valley Fellow

NLC Curriculum


The Progressive movement depends on the development of its future leaders. NLC works hard to ensure that development. Some of the topics covered in each of the 36 chapters across the nation are below.
  • Messaging & Framing
  • Tech & New Media
  • Political Management
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership & Values Development
Our Challenge:
To recruit, train, promote and create a network of Progressive leaders in a way parallel to what Conservatives have been doing for the last generation through The Leadership Institute.


  • Since 1979, The Leadership Institute has trained more than 101,062 conservatives to succeed in government, politics, and the media, and launched many careers in politics.
  • As of 2013, the Leadership Institute had an operating budget of $12.5 Million, allowing them to produce a number of young, like-minded individuals that work in the various aspects of the political environment.


  • Including Spring 2016 graduates, New Leaders Council has trained nearly 4,000 new leaders since 2006.
  • NLC has chapters in 44 communities nationwide, including newly added chapters in Austin, Dallas, Denver, New Hampshire, San Antonio, Twin Cities.
  • Since 2011, we have been setting records for fundraising, receiving over $3,500,000 in donations, and for recruit applications, receiving over 10,000. In 2016, we look forward to raising over $1,500,000 to fund trainings led by existing and new chapters.
Atlanta - Augusta - Austin - Boston - Broward - Capital District NY - Chicago - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Connecticut - Dallas - Denver - Des Moines
Detroit - Houston - Kentucky - Los Angeles - Louisiana - Madison - Maine - Maryland - Miami - Montana - Nashville - New Hampshre - New Jersey - New York City
North Carolina - Oakland - Omaha - Orlando - Palm Beach - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Rhode Island - Sacramento - San Antonio - San Francisco - Silicon Valley

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.