leadership institute

Are you hungry for leadership and personal development opportunities, but struggle to find them in your daily routine? Do you work in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector? Fired up about your work and want to see that flame burn brightly throughout your career? Well that takes fuel, that takes space, and that takes tending. That takes the Leadership Institute.

YNPN Twin Cities is offering a unique cohort experience. The experience is aimed at encouraging exploration of the big career questions you’ve been asking, and will continue to ask, while doing some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local philanthropic and nonprofit worlds.

Whether harnessing your hellfire or holding your sacred blue flame, we invite you to join us to gain the skills you need to build a network supporting your growth as a leader while you develop goals, strategies, action steps, and accountability to help you truly make the most of your career.

Leadership Institute FAQs

Is there a fee to participate?

$125. As part of this experience, we encourage participants to speak to their organizations about funding their cost of attendance. Resources are available to help participants have this conversation. Please note though that no one will be turned away from lack of funding. Please email the Leadership Team at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Is there an age-limit for participants?

No. YNPN programming in general is geared toward individuals in their 20’s and 30’s. If what we offer resonates with you, we encourage you to apply. Also, feel free to contact us at [email protected] to talk things through if you still have questions.

Who should apply?

Emerging leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors looking for a “community of practice” to establish the habits, relationships, and support systems that will make our journeys -- in our work and communities -- sustainable.

This experience is aimed at encouraging exploration of the big career questions you’ve been asking and will continue to ask while doing some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local foundation and nonprofit worlds.

We are seeking a diverse mix of thirty 20- and 30-somethings in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, ideally split evenly between nonprofit and foundation professionals. Applicants must:

  • Be a member of YNPN Twin Cities
  • Be committed to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  • Be prepared to be an active participant
  • Be able to commit to the program timeline

What is the time commitment?

This will be a 10-month intensive cohort program: July 2018 through May 2019. The Institute includes three retreats: A kick off retreat on July 19-20th 2018, a mid-session retreat on January 11 2019, and a closing retreat May 9-10th 2019.

After the opening retreat, the group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., with the exception of January’s mid-session retreat and May's closing retreat. In addition, the cohort members will meet in small groups for conversations between the monthly sessions.  

What is the program content and structure?

Co-creation in action: This program is being created by emerging professionals, for emerging professionals. YNPN designed this with co-creation in mind, planning the opening retreat and first few sessions to include time for the cohort to figure out what they want to contribute and get out of this experience, and then being active in co-creating that experience through rotating team planning and facilitation on a topic of interest.

To help anchor the monthly sessions, participants will meet in small groups of 4 for peer mentoring circles to deepen connections and offer support.

We will augment time spent together with selected readings, personal challenges, and reflective exercises between sessions.

How will this experience benefit me?

Through this program, you will:

  1. Expand your network, building deep, sustained relationships with local nonprofit and philanthropic professionals.
  2. Practice useful habits of reflection, individually and in groups, to address the cyclical questions about your life, leadership and career.
  3. Actively participate in a shared leadership experience and build facilitation, presentation and collaboration skills by sharing around a topic of your choice.
  4. Conduct a career refresh or re-charge in a supportive and accountable environment.


How do I apply?

Applications are closed for the 2018-2019 Leadership Institute. To learn more about the Institute or to be notified when applications open for the next cohort, contact: [email protected].

What are the selection criteria?

Applications will be reviewed and participants selected based on their:

  • Commitment to personal growth/professional road-mapping
  • Commitment to the cohort and building relationships
  • Bridging nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  • Co-creation

Additional questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]  with any additional questions, or if you’d just like to talk about how this unique cohort experience might align with wherever you find yourself on your own leadership journey. We will also provide in-person information sessions and will announce the dates and locations soon.

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