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Developing the Next Generation of Nonprofit & Social Sector Leaders

At Leading From Within, we have a passion for investing in nonprofit and social sector service leaders. The goal of the Emerging Leaders program is to empower, elevate, and connect the next generation of these leaders throughout our region.

Emerging Leaders is a 10-month (one full day each month) program that assembles a select cohort of emerging social sector leaders from Santa Barbara County and neighboring communities, and guides them through a rigorous, relevant and applied curriculum. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have launched our tenth cohort this fall of 2023.

Imagine a Place to Grow

Unique to Emerging Leaders, this program combines a professionally relevant curriculum with support in making deep connections with peers, mentors, and community leaders. Emerging Leaders is designed to help participants increase their leadership impact in their organization, the social sector, and the community at large. In Emerging Leaders, you will discover, grow, and be energized. You will move forward with new resources and approaches for your unique leadership journey.

Consider a Meaningful Experience

Emerging Leaders has been intentionally designed to provide a powerful professional development opportunity for emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders, including:

  • Cutting edge tools and research on management and leadership, presented by experienced facilitators
  • Approaches & skills to foster impact, effectiveness, collaboration and sustained commitment
  • Knowledge and insights about the distinctive characteristics and dynamics of nonprofit organizations
  • Connections with community leaders and resources
  • One-on-one executive coaching and peer coaching, which support you in customizing what you learn to meet your individual development objectives
  • A new circle of colleagues with a common purpose — to support each other’s leadership beyond the program

To Learn More

  • Read more about the Application Process, including Commitment, Fees and Dates
  • Speak to some of the 169 alumni of our Emerging Leaders program
  • Attend one of our information sessions in south or north SB county (during open application period only)

To Apply

Applications for our 10th Cohort for 2023-24 are now CLOSED. 

Our application consists of submitting the following (all via our website):

  • Applicant Profile
  • Current Résumé
  • Application Questions Form
  • Recommendation Form completed by a Board Chair, Executive Director, or Department Director

We continue to learn, adapt, and grow.

Leading From Within is pleased to share our learnings and insights coming out of the evaluation report of our Emerging Leaders program after its first four years.

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