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New Leaders Council

What is the Institute?

The Institute is the flagship activity of the New Leaders Council of Columbus. Every year, we will assemble a cohort of 20 Fellows for a six-month leadership development program. From January to June, our program spans one full weekend a month and occasional other meetings.

Fellows will enjoy high-quality personal and professional development, receive briefings on Central Ohio policy issues, receive exposure to constituencies across the progressive movement, and learn skills that are useful regardless of their goals and sector: organizing, fundraising, public speaking, media management, advocacy, etc.

Fellows put their fundraising skills to use; each cohort executes a fundraising event, the proceeds of which pay for the next year’s cohort to enjoy the program free of charge, just like they did. This pay-it-forward model keeps the program accessible.

Each Fellow will receive a mentor who is well-connected across Columbus and can offer them guidance, advice, and introductions on the development of a capstone project/plan. This capstone is a roadmap for how they want to leverage their newfound assets to make change. Fellows will conclude the Institute experience by presenting their capstone to the cohort, executive board, and advisory board.

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