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New Leaders Council

The New Leaders Council of Columbus is the newest of 43+ state and local affiliates of the New Leaders Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and promotes the next generation of progressive Millennials. We’re investing in top talent, fresh blood, new faces, and creative thinking to Central Ohio.

The Institute is our six-month leadership development program, where Fellows develop skills for communications, media management, fundraising, entrepreneurship, advocacy, organizing, and public policy; bond with their cohort; and network with constituencies across the political, nonprofit, and business community. The program requires one full weekend a month and occasional other meet-ups.

Fellows also collaborate with an experienced mentor to make and execute on a "capstone": a plan to run for office, to become progressive allies in business and industry, to join community boards, to manage or volunteer on campaigns, to create start-ups and social entrepreneurship ventures, to lead nonprofits, to advocate for issues and causes, and to form networks of thought leaders. 

We annually identify a cohort of 20 passionate, entrepreneurial young Fellows from beyond traditional power structures, who work outside politics, and from diverse demographics, professions, and perspectives that are underrepresented in public affairs. All are welcome who share our commitment to social justice, equal opportunity, and strong democracy. We impose no litmus test and do not align with any partisan group or ideological wing. The program is free.

The New Leaders Council Institute is possible only through the generous support of our community. With our pay-it-forward model, each cohort raises the funds to pay for next year's program in a perpetual fashion, enabling it to be free for participants. 

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