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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 2019 NLC–Wisconsin Institute dates are:


Milwaukee Institute 2019:
January 19-20 - Life Entrepreneurship
February 16-17 - Communications
February TBD - Diversity (joint with Madison)
March 23-24 - Fundraising
April 13-14 - Political and Nonprofit Management
May 11-12 - Advocacy, policy, labor

Madison Institute 2019:

January 26-27 - Life Entrepreneurship
February 23-24 - Communications
February TBD - Diversity (joint with Milwaukee)
March 30-31 - Fundraising
April 27-28 - Political and Nonprofit Management
May 18-19 - Advocacy, policy, labor 

NLC–Wisconsin was awarded the prestigious "Institute of the Year" award in 2015 as the top institute program and "Chapter of the Year" in 2017 from among more than 40 institutes across the country.

Past speakers at our Institute include former Governor Jim Doyle; Congressman Mark Pocan; Senator Russ Feingold; Mayor Tom Barrett; State Reps. Melissa Sargent, Katrina Shankland, Mandela Barnes, Jonathan Brostoff, Daniel Riemer, 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.

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