The Emerging Leaders Experience

Emerging Leaders: Learn to lead with purpose

Fitzgerald, Emerging Leaders March 2012The Emerging Leaders professional development program is designed to help aspiring leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors develop the leadership capabilities, management skills, and confidence to advance their professional contributions and accelerate their careers. The program is intended to yield tangible, near-term value to participants (and their employers) and support their longer term leadership development. It employs experiential learning and outside experts and speakers to weave the following learning tracks together:

  • Hard Nonprofit Skills & Management Training
  • Individualized Leadership-in-Action “Stretch” Goals
  • Leadership Competencies – e.g., Self-awareness, Team Dynamics
  • Advising– Periodic Conversations With Nonprofit Leaders
  • Expert Panels and Guest Speakers, Including Executive Directors
  • Facilitated Peer Support

Emerging Leaders is currently offered in New York City and Washington, DC. The program is designed to accommodate those with full-time jobs and requires employer cooperation as well. The program runs for a total of 8 full-day, monthly sessions from June-February (skipping August). All sessions are held on weekdays. Since 2011, more than 160 talented young leaders have graduated from the program, with another 32 currently enrolled. To apply, visit the Applications page.

Emerging Leaders is made possible by a lead grant from American Express Philanthropy and generous individual donations.



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What our participants are saying about Emerging Leaders:

My personal goals for the program were well exceeded. My hope was to leave the program with a few practical tools to approach my work. I did not anticipate such a transformation of self and the feeling of authentic connection with my fellow emerging leaders. Emerging Leaders has shown me that there are no hard rules to what “leadership” should look or feel like. Instead of contorting ourselves into pretzels and fitting ourselves in outdated or irrelevant models, we should embrace our strengths and innate skills and focus on what we do well. The real challenge is to show ourselves and to be courageous in this process.

Amy Chou, Program Officer, New York Women’s Foundation

Emerging Leaders has changed my view in that I now see that leadership and management is much more based on sensitive observations of people and the dynamics between them, and carefully guiding everyone along into a place of trust and openness – and only then can smart ideas, great work, and ultimately hard decisions come together to support the mission of a non-profit. The end results cannot happen without acknowledging human nature!

Elizabeth Ferguson, Associate, Community Programs, Carnegie Hall

This program was well structured, impressively implemented, and an enormous benefit to me. There is nothing comparable as far as I know, especially when it comes to cost. To achieve similar results, I’m sure that a person would have to invest thousands of dollars in workshops (and travel!) or begin an MBA program or certificate – again, for thousands of dollars.

Brielle Welzer, Communications Specialist, Green Seal, Inc.

AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders is one of the few management leadership programs available to promising non-profit and public sector employees. It’s a great way to learn skills and techniques that can help you throughout the rest of your career – if you’re already managing people and can imagine yourself being a leader of an organization or in the field, you should definitely apply.

Yuh Wen Ling, Policy Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Emerging Leaders has given me a newfound awareness of the social and emotional components of effective leadership and management. I see now that leadership is very different from management and it requires being self-aware and self-managing in order to be done effectively. I’ve also learned that with practice, anyone can be a leader because the necessary skills can be taught.

Andrew Protain, User Experience Research Manager,

I established an incredible network of peers that I trust and feel very comfortable reaching out to for whatever reason. I had the opportunity to hear from top-notch leaders in the field who shared very personal and honest insight on their own work that pushed my thinking and perspectives about leadership. The emotional and social intelligence framework throughout the sessions also helped me to come to terms with what I can and cannot change about myself and ways to challenge myself toward adopting the leadership styles I want in my repertoire.

Reina Utsunomiya, Director Policy and Operations, New York Department of Education

Emerging Leaders demonstrated to me the tremendous value of peer coaching from nonprofit peers in different organizations and the importance of creating opportunities for nonprofit leaders to connect with their peers.  The program also redefined for me the possibilities for individuals at my organization to make time for and rapidly grow because of focused professional development.

Kathryn Lusk, Director of Project Management, KaBoom!


2018-19 Program Timeline

Applications Due: March 12, 2018

Applicant Interviews: March - April 2018

Notification of Acceptance: Early May 2018

2018-19 New York City Emerging Leaders Sessions

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 26th
  • Session 2: Tuesday, July 24th
  • Session 3: Tuesday, September 18th
  • Session 4: Tuesday, October 16th
  • Session 5: Tuesday, November 13th
  • Session 6: Tuesday, December 11th
  • Session 7: Tuesday, January 15th
  • Session 8: Tuesday, February 19th (Evening Closing Celebration)

2018-19 Washington, DC Emerging Leaders Sessions

  • Session 1: Thursday, June 28th
  • Session 2: Tuesday, July 24th
  • Session 3: Thursday, September 13th
  • Session 4: Tuesday, October 16th
  • Session 5: Thursday, November 15th
  • Session 6: Thursday, December 13th
  • Session 7: Tuesday, January 15th
  • Session 8: Thursday, February 21st (Evening Closing Celebration)