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New Leaders Council

Frequently Asked Questions

• NLC works to train and support the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the landscape. We train young men and women from outside traditional power structure and give them the skills to take on some of the country’s biggest political and economic problems of the day. If you’re involved in political work already, great. If not, great. We’re interested in building a diverse network of trained young professionals to take on important issues of the day and build the new class of political entrepreneurs. Apply for the challenge, the new network of fellow leaders, and the skills to work on issues through life and politics. Further, you would be part of the following NLC Programs:

• NLC Institute – 5 trainings over one full weekend from January to June for the next generation of progressive political entrepreneur

• NLC Mentors – During the Institute experience, you will be matched with a mentor to advance your professional and/or personal goals. Fellows meet with their mentors throughout the spring and many relationships continue well beyond the Institute.

• NLC Events – Our chapter holds two large fundraising events each year as well as a series of monthly networking events. Fellows in the Institute fundraise and organize for an event called “Ping Pong Progressives” to bring young professionals together in LA. Every November the chapter holds an event called “Heroes at Villains” which recognizes top progressive talent in Los Angeles. The event is at Villains Tavern in the arts district of downtown LA. Finally, each month the chapter hosts “Prog Rocks: A Networking Event Series” to bring NLC alumni and other young progressives together.

There will be five NLC Institute weekends from January to May and a full day Saturday in June for the final session and NLC graduation dinner/ceremony. They are full weekends – all day Saturday and Sunday. Sessions begin at 9am and typically end at 4:30pm on Saturday (followed by happy hour event) and 3:00-3:30pm on Sunday.

The application to become a Fellow costs $30. The application fee can be waived in certain cases. Selected Fellows write a $200 check to New Leaders Council at the beginning of the program. If attendance requirements are met that check can either be returned or donated to next year’s class.

We are looking for a diverse group of young professionals to join our chapter’s ranks. We have politicos, non-profit leaders, educators, environmentalists, administrators, tech people, business folks and more. We think our strength is in our diversity and don’t expect campaign experience as a requirement.

55+ and growing: Atlanta, Boston, Captial District/NY, Chicago, Des Moines, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Miami, Missoula, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Sacramento, Omaha, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C to name a few. In 2019, even more chapters will open nationwide.

NLC is creating an exciting network of individuals, highly-skilled in working together across sectors to improve the progressive infrastructure and ensure strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity. Learn more about what some of our alums are up to by listening to our podcast called The Zag.

We hold Institute at 2850 Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica. The office space is donated by the corporate office of The Tennis Channel.

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