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New Leaders Council


The New Leaders Council Institute is the nation’s premier leadership training program for young progressives. NLC–Wisconsin's Institutes in both Milwaukee and Madison combines a rigorous, skill-based curriculum with insight and coaching from Wisconsin's progressive leaders.
Fellows meet for one weekend each month over five months. Each weekend focuses on one of these areas: life and political entrepreneurship, communications, fundraising, politics and management, and policy, labor and advocacy. In addition, Fellows organize a fundraiser to support the next Institute and complete a Capstone project to affect progressive change in Wisconsin. Fellows are also paired with a mentor who is advanced in his or her career and can guide the fellow in a positive direction towards leadership and professional development.

The 2017 NLC–Madison Institute dates are:
  • Jan. 20-22 - LE and Diversity Milwaukee
  • Jan. 27-29 - LE and Diversity Madison
  • Feb 11-12 - Communications
  • March 4-5 - Fundraising
  • April 8-9 - Management and Campaigns
  • May 6-7 - Issues and Advocacy
  • (June 10-11 - Inclement Weather Makeup)
  • July 15 - Graduation

NLC–Wisconsin was awarded the prestigious "Institute of the Year" award in 2015 as the top program among nearly 40 institutes across the country. Past speakers at our Institute include former Governor Jim Doyle; Congressman Mark Pocan; State Reps. Melissa Sargent, Katrina Shankland, and Chris Taylor; County Supervisors Jenni Dye and Tim Kiefer; Madison Alders Mo Cheeks and Scott Resnick; 2014 gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke; and experts in communications, fundraising, management skills, labor, and policy.

Contact our Institute Chair, Beth Miller, for more information or apply now.


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