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New Leaders Council

The New Leaders Council (NLC), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading national training program for Millennials. Through NLC’s partnership with Roger Williams University, NLC Fellowship graduates gain access to continuing educational opportunities that advance their mission of making long-lasting community change. 



Since NLC’s inception, NLC has conducted its flagship leadership development program, the NLC Institute, in each of its 50 chapters, including a chapter in Rhode Island. The NLC leadership development experience equips its leaders with the skills to take their activism and passions back into their communities and workplaces to impact change. The five-month Institute focuses on skill building for each cohort on issues such as entrepreneurial goal setting, strategic communications and digital outreach, economics, finance and fundraising, management and coalition building, progressive policy, and diversity and inclusion. 


Unlike most leadership development organizations, NLC isn’t a one-weekend boot camp, but rather a five-month intensive learning environment and a lifetime alumni commitment. NLC creates lasting infrastructure in communities, states and nationally to support our fellows and alumni as they become agents of change. NLC provides our community members with opportunities to engage with current policymakers, to create blueprints to tackle current and future policy issues, and to support one another along their individual path to a more progressive political and cultural landscape


Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies will provide NLC graduates with: 

  • Three-semester hour credits for completion of the NLC Institute; and 
  • Fifteen percent tuition discount off of RWU’s regularly published, then prevailing tuition rates. 

The NLC Fellows are successful in their industries, risk-takers, and progressive advocates. Fellows have to commit to one weekend per month for five months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management. Applications for the NLC Institute are open from May 1 – October 1, annually.  

Learn how to apply to be an NLC Fellow, 
Click Here!

NLC alumni interested in applying their NLC Institute experience to a RWU program should contact, 
Dr. Taino Palermo at or 401-254-3296.