A vital part of 504ward’s mission is developing the next class of leaders in Greater New Orleans. We want to connect the bright young stars of this city with programs and organizations that give you the skills, resources, and connections to improve as a leader. Whether you are looking to grow professionally, personally or philanthropically, the following groups are all committed to fostering talent and building leadership skills for you … and for our city. Check out these incredible resources:


Committee for a Better New Orleans Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum

Drawing from all sectors of the community – business, faith, nonprofit, neighborhood and civic groups – the purpose is to provide information about, analysis of, and opportunities to explore key metropolitan issues and needs.

Website: www.cbno.org/programs/bryan-bell-metropolitan-leadership-forum

Dates: September-November; meets once per week

Deadline to Apply: Nominations accepted in June & July

Fees: $250
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Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO)

EPNO is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. Members participate in a six-month program, where they pool funds, collaborate on teams and allocate grants impacting issues they care about.

Website: www.emergingphilanthropists.org

Dates: 6 months

Deadline to Apply: March

Fees: $500 donation to your grantmaking group
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Foundation for Louisiana LEAD Program

This seven-week program brings in guest experts to host skill-building sessions in a variety of fields like community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and land use and development. LEAD graduates develop the skills that they need to enact positive change through their organizations and communities while building strong relationships with other neighborhood leaders from across the city.

Website: http://www.foundationforlouisiana.org/news/96/work-together-to-take-the-lead-in-your-community-sign-up-for-our-2017-class
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Greater New Orleans Foundation Emerging Leaders Program

A leadership development program for nonprofit managers working in southeast Louisiana nonprofit human service organizations. Emerging Leaders focuses on two of the critical content areas that pose significant challenges for many community-based organizations and leaders. The first challenge is to supervise, develop, inspire, and influence people. The second challenge is to develop business acumen with an emphasis on financial strategy, comprehension, and literacy. Cohort of 20 people.

Website: www.gnof.org/emerging-leaders-program

Dates: 8 seminars, May-November

Deadline to Apply: February

Fees: Fees are on a sliding scale based on organization’s budget size. $500 for organizations with operating budget size of under $1 million.
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Junior League Get on Board Nonprofit Board Training Program

Get on Board is a two-day workshop providing knowledge and skills to current board and staff members and those that wish to be placed on a nonprofit board at the conclusion of the training.

Website: www.jlno.org


Fees: $250
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Katz-Phillips Leadership Development Program

The Lemann-Stern Leadership Development Program was begun in 1960 for the purpose of training outstanding young men and women in the Greater New Orleans Jewish community for positions of leadership. Participants in the program are selected from self-nominations or nominations made by past Lemann-Stern participants and community leaders. The program is two years in length and includes a mission to Israel, monthly meetings and a retreat.

Website: jewishnola.com/young-leadership/leadership

Dates: September-May
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Leadership Development Program at Anti-Defamation League

The program will dive into a different civil rights or anti-discrimination topic each month—like cyberhate, religious freedom, anti-bias education, hate crimes, etc.

Contact: Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman |Regional Director Phone: 504-780-5602 Email: agoodman@adl.org

Dates: Once a month on Tuesday evenings.

Deadline to Apply: July
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Leadership Jefferson

Leadership Jefferson is a nine-month program designed to develop a diverse network of dedicated business and community leaders. Facilitated by a professional leadership team, the interactive workshops expose participants to local leaders and activists working to resolve critical issues facing Jefferson Parish. Specific session topics include education, health care, quality of life concerns, criminal justice, diversity, community involvement and economic development.

Website: www.jeffersonchamber.org

Fees: $1,500
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Loyola Institute of Politics

The Institute of Politics (IOP) has worked to educate individuals interested in politics and political leadership in our region. Today, more than ever, we need to call forth citizens whose vision includes a vibrant New Orleans, one in which our traditions meet with realities of life in post-Katrina south Louisiana. Specifically, we are searching for people who have the talent and willingness to make a difference in the political process and take on the leadership roles which are so needed as we rebuild New Orleans.

Website: www.loyno.edu/iop

Fees: $750
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Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement Civil Leadership Academy

Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is an engaging 8 week program that provides residents with an in-depth look at City government. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations and presentations that give participants an insider view of how the City of New Orleans operates. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action towards the advancement of neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.

Website: www.nola.gov

Fees: None
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New Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Program seeks individuals who have exemplary track records in their own classrooms. We also look for individuals with the adult and personal leadership skills required to establish a culture of high expectations and guide colleagues — and their students — to similar success. Individuals with a record of instructional leadership, such as teacher leaders, grade-level chairs, school leadership team members, and professional developers. Participants include:

Former teachers who now work outside of schools and want to leverage and combine their teaching and leadership capabilities.
Former business and nonprofit leaders who became teachers.
Teacher leaders who have delivered results in a short period of time.

Website: www.newleaders.org/apply-now/admissions

Deadline to Apply: May

Fees: None
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New Leaders Council

New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to address a gap in the progressive leadership development infrastructure. NLC believes in recruiting emerging leaders from outside of the traditional power structures, engaging them on both local and national levels, and equipping them to be civic leaders – not only for elective office, but also in their communities and workplaces.

NLC accomplishes its mission primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program that builds local teams of outstanding young professionals in twenty cities across the nation. NLC Fellows engage in an intensive ten days of training over a five-month period to learn cutting-edge entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over 150 industry-leading volunteer faculty. Upon graduation, Fellows are paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

The result of NLC is a growing corps of diverse and highly-skilled new progressive leaders who rise to the top of their fields, working together across sectors and in their local cities to build, expand, and improve the progressive infrastructure necessary for strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity.

Website: www.newleaderscouncil.org
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New Orleans Economic Development Ambassadorship Program  

New Orleans Economic Development Ambassadorship Program is the singular program in New Orleans providing in-depth insight into the work of growing and diversifying the city’s economy. Given that economic development is a cross-cutting issue affecting businesses in every industry and the economic security of all New Orleanians, through this program, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) brings together through this program experienced, mid-career professionals from a variety of sectors who desire to become better informed ambassadors for the city.
In five sessions, NOLA Economic Ambassadors will learn about what is unique to economic development in New Orleans, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the city’s performance, assets and strategies. Key NOLABA staff members will present their areas of expertise, guide discussion and direct participants toward resources for further enrichment and opportunities to connect their professional work with these strategies.
Website: nolaba.org
Fees: $150 – $200
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New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute

The broad elements of the leadership program focus on: community engagement, skill enhancement and Trusteeship/leadership. About 40 NORLI participants get an unparalleled opportunity to meet with the region’s leaders and experts during their one-year experience. The year begins with a two-day opening retreat, followed by seven educational sessions held throughout the 10-parish area. Participants hear from the area’s leaders on a number of important topics from education to crime to the environment. It is a unique and fascinating “classroom” that provides insights about the important issues facing our community.

Website: www.norli.org

Dates: yearlong September-May

Deadline to Apply: May

Fees: $2,750
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NOLA LEADs (Leadership Education and Action on Health Disparities)

NOLA LEADs will recruit 50 individuals from across New Orleans to participate in a new leadership training institute. This opportunity is free and open to New Orleans residents who are concerned about improving the lives of their neighbors and the conditions of their communities. It is specifically for people who have not worked in public health previously.

The institute includes a series of six trainings held over three months. The training will focus on helping people develop the skills and knowledge needed to advocate for changes in structural conditions – such as zoning laws, school policies, and transportation systems – that contribute to health disparities. Participants will create advocacy plans to put the lessons into action.

Website: www.prc.tulane.edu
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Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute

In connection with Xavier University of Louisiana (Xavier), the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute (NCFLI) was founded in 2012 to educate and prepare professional men and women for consequential civic engagement and purposeful social responsibility. Participants will receive extensive education and training to enhance their leadership skills and preparation for service in the public or private sectors of society.

Participants will analyze research findings related to social and economic issues currently facing African Americans and other racial/ethnic groups. With a primary focus on urban cities, institute participants will examine public policies and their effectiveness, and the methods for best communicating policies to the larger population of affected citizens. Participants will study and visit foreign countries in order to develop and explore opportunities for partnership and participation in the global economy.

Website: www.ncfli.org/about-the-institute
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StartingBloc NOLA Local Leaders Program

The StartingBloc Institute is a transformative 5-day experience for entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders and other innovators.

Website: www.startingbloc.org

Dates: May

Deadline to apply: March

Fees: $1250, Scholarships available
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Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD)

9 session educational leadership academy, which will provide you with the knowledge, resources, and network to act in support of sustaining quality educational options and policies. The Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD) is the premier training institute for Black leaders in the community. ULEAD exposes leaders to the current education landscape of New Orleans as well as an opportunity to learn from current education leaders.

Website: www.urbanleagueneworleans.org
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W.K. Kellog Foundation Community Leadership Network

The fellowship supports both emerging and existing leaders and is helping form new, self-sustaining networks in the foundation’s four U.S. priority places – Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. Class One of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows launched in 2014. Each fellow spends three years honing leadership skills and sharing their experiences with a cohort of developing leaders.

Website: www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/new-orleans

Dates: 3 year program.
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YLC Leadership Development Series

Since 2003, YLC has hosted a Leadership Development Series (LDS) as a service to its members. The formalized “class” teaches members the basics of running a nonprofit organization or a YLC project. Class members develop a concept for a project or organization over a 10-week period. Each week they receive specific direction about Fundraising, Community Relations, Volunteer Recruitment, Finances, Marketing, and other categories that are vital to a successful organization.

Website: www.ylcnola.org

Dates: 10 weeks

Fees: $100
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