NLI currently offers two Natural Leaders series each year, from February - June and September -January.
Each group has 15-20 natural leaders from throughout Tompkins County.
NLI is open to everyone. But we prioritize those from backgrounds under-represented in organizational and community leadership and decision-making, and those who haven't had as much support for their leadership. We are looking for:
NLI groups are diverse. Participants' ages range from 20s to 60s. About half are people of color; half are white. Many participants have gained their skills and knowledge mostly through life experiences and overcoming challenges. Some have more formal education or college degrees. Some live in the city and others in rural towns. They are interested in many different issues, but they all share an interest in building stronger communities that are good places for everyone.
A meal, child care and (if needed) help with transportation are provided for each group session.
NLI sessions are designed around participants’ needs and interests, so each cycle is a little different. But groups generally talk about: :
NLI can help you:
After NLI, participants are welcome to join the NLI Grad Network for ongoing support.
NLI Graduates report greater self-confidence and self-esteem. They share their ideas more widely and more effectively advocate for others. Many contribute to community projects or start new projects, serve on formal committees and boards, serve as a “bridge” between communities, help people connect to resources, apply for promotions, continue their education and more.
Absolutely nothing for the participants!
Some participants are sent by their employers as a staff development opportunity. In those cases, the employer pays the $850 registration fee. Other participants receive scholarships supported by small community grants and donations.
Last updated July 26, 2019