How it works
In 2003, YLC began hosting a formalized leadership course dubbed Leadership Development Series. This course was offered in addition to the hands-on volunteerism opportunities that have been used since the organization’s founding in 1986 for developing leadership skills in young professionals.
The Leadership Development Series (LDS) is a 10-week series that engages young professionals with an interest in developing leadership, networking, and communication skills. LDS offers a hands-on approach to increasing leadership and networking traits through a multi-faceted framework of content speakers and small-group interactions. The series includes presentations from a diverse group of city leaders, covering a wide array of topics, including non-profit management, civic engagement, team building, and leadership.
Past LDS guest speakers have included:
- Michael Hecht | GNO Inc.
- Jennifer Avegno | City of New Orleans
- Rod Teamer | Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Lee Zurik | Fox 8 News
- Adrianne Jackson | Magnolia Yoga Studio
- Andrea Chen | Propeller
- Patrick Comer | Lucid
- Wes Palmisano | Impetus
How Do I Apply?
Entry to the class is competitive with approximately 20-30 students accepted each year. Class members are selected through an application process.
Applications for the 2022 Leadership Development Series are now closed. Sign up for future LDS announcements HERE.