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The Emerging Leaders Program fosters talent among the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

NPW's Emerging Leaders Program is an 11-month professional development program that supports “emerging leaders” to grow their nonprofit knowledge, leadership skills, and expand their reach through networking.

Graduates will

  • Understand the social and systemic issues addressed by Westchester’s nonprofit sector
  • Be familiar with the mission and impact of other organizations within the county
  • Develop relationships with up to 30 peers and new contacts in the nonprofit sector
  • Be part of a growing network of talented and influential ELP alumni
  • Be prepared for future leadership roles

“The program created an opportunity for me to cultivate new relationships with others in the nonprofit sector while strengthening my leadership skills. The growth from the experiences and discussions exceeded my expectations.”

— Juanita Pope, Director of Community Events and Office Manager, Child Care Council of Westchester

Who Should Apply?

Emerging leaders who

  • Have 3-10 years of nonprofit experience
  • Currently work within an NPW-member organization
  • Are committed to personal and professional growth
  • Want to learn about the nonprofit sector and individual organizations

Program Format

Emerging Leaders are hosted by a different nonprofit once a month from 3-5:30p.m. Participants learn about the issues addressed by that organization, participate in an interactive training, and network.

Program Fee: Organizations of accepted applicants must pay $500 for each applicant. No more than 2 candidates per organization will be accepted (please do not submit more than 2 applications per organization). The program is only open to NPW-member organizations.

This is an opportunity to support the advancement of someone in your organization who has potential for future leadership roles.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the class of 2024. Thank you for your interest! Stay connected with us for more professional development and networking opportunities. Sign up for our newsletters >>

2024 Program Dates: Feb. 1, Feb. 22, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11*, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 10*, Nov. 7, Dec. 4 ( ELP Graduation 5:30 PM Start). The complete schedule with host locations and times will be available by mid January 2024. *Second Thursday due to holiday. 

Questions? Email Suzanne Gardos, Director of Operations,

“I always left enlightened, amazed and proud of the work that Westchester’s nonprofit sector accomplishes. The connections and friends I have made have enriched my life personally and professionally.”

— Mia Pergolizzi, Attorney, Hope’s Door

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